Athletics coach Salazar permanently banned for sexual, emotional misconduct

TOKYO: The US Center for SafeSport has barred coach Alberto Salazar permanently from track and field citing sexual and emotional misconduct, according to its centralised disciplinary database yesterday.

Under SafeSport rules, Salazar has 10 business days to request arbitration, which would be conducted by an independent party.

SafeSport declined to comment today.

Salazar did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The US Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit organisation that provides sports with guidelines on how to provide safe environments for athletes and training for coaches and administrators.

American Salazar, who coached some of the world’s top distance runners including British Olympic and world champion Mo Farah, was previously suspended by the US Anti-Doping Agency for “orchestrating and facilitating” doping as head coach of the Nike Oregon Project.

He has appealed the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Nike did not respond to a similar request when contacted by Reuters.

Salazar won three consecutive New York City marathons from 1980 before coaching a slew of Olympians, including Farah, who won the 5,000m and 10,000m golds at the London and Rio Olympics before splitting with the American in 2017.

Farah has never failed a drugs test and has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

In a statement to Reuters, USA Track & Field (USATF) said they “take all forms of misconduct extremely seriously”.

“(USATF) took immediate action when reports were initially filed in this case,” the national governing body said.

“No form of abuse will ever be tolerated within our sport, and we will continue to prioritise athletes’ emotional and physical safety above all else.”

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