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WADA will look at aces who worked with banned Salazar

Ban: Alberto Salazar was found guilty of doping violations
Ban: Alberto Salazar was found guilty of doping violations

By Jamie Gardiner

World Anti-Doping Agency president Sir Craig Reedie has said his organisation will "look at" athletes who trained under banned coach Alberto Salazar.

The 61-year-old was found guilty of doping violations earlier this year after a four-year investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

The Nike Oregon Project, where Salazar worked with his athletes, has been closed down.

The International Olympic Committee had called on WADA to investigate NOP athletes, and Reedie said: "We have the right to look at the accusations against Salazar but in particular we would be interested to see if there is any onward issues as far as the athletes are concerned.

"We're at the start of that process, as we have to get files from the US, but we will look at it."

The NOP was established in 2001, and Great Britain's Sir Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion, trained with Salazar between 2011 and 2017.

Farah released a statement after the confirmation of Salazar's ban which read: "I left the Nike Oregon Project in 2017 but as I've always said, I have no tolerance for anyone who breaks the rules or crosses a line. A ruling has been made and I'm glad there has finally been a conclusion."

Farah has never failed a drugs test and denies ever breaking anti-doping regulations.

Salazar has said he will appeal against the USADA ruling.

Reedie defended his organisation's decision in 2018 to reinstate the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) as compliant.

It emerged this September that Russian authorities had been asked to explain "inconsistencies" in laboratory data WADA gained access to in January as one of the conditions of RUSADA being declared compliant.

Positive tests are alleged to have been deleted from the data.

Reedie added: "If we had not (reinstated) Russia we would have maintained the Russian anti-doping agency on a non-compliant basis in perpetuity. And that wouldn't have done any good for anybody, other than people who had cheated."

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