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Athletics-Salazar’s four-year ban upheld by CAS

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO. Coach Alberto Salazar is seen standing in front of Galen Rupp, U.S.A., at the Bird’s Nest Stadium, Wold Athletics Championships, Beijing, China on August 21 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble

(Reuters) – American Alberto Salazar, who has coached some of the world’s top long-distance runners, had his four-year suspension upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), British media reported on Wednesday.

The 63-year-old Salazar, who guided Britain’s Mo Farah to Olympic titles, received the ban in 2019 from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for “orchestrating and facilitating” doping as head coach of the Nike (NYSE:) Oregon Project, a camp designed primarily to develop U.S. endurance athletes.

The BBC reports that a full report from CAS will be released within days.

Salazar was the winner of three consecutive New York City Marathons beginning in 1980. After that, he coached many Olympians such as Farah. Farah won gold medals for the 5,000 and 10,000 metre at the 2012 London Games and 2016 Rio Games, before splitting from the American in 2017.

Farah was never found guilty of any illegal activity and passed a drug test.

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