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Alberto Salazar receives lifetime ban for sexual, emotional misconduct

The former head coach of the Nike Oregon Distance Project has been permanently banned by the U.S. Center for SafeSport

Alberto Salazar

Former U.S. track coach Alberto Salazar has been given a lifetime ban for sexual and emotional misconduct by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The ban was handed down on Monday and he has 10 days to appeal the decision.

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Salazar, who’s coached some of the world’s best athletes, including Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and Sifan Hassan, made headlines in 2019 when he was given a four-year ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency following a years-long investigation and secret arbitration case. One month later, his former athlete Mary Cain came forward with a shocking piece in the New York Times, telling of the physical and emotional abuse she received at the Nike Oregon Project, pushing her to the point of suicidality while training under Salazar. Other former NOP athletes, including Kara Goucher and Amy Yoder Begley, also came forward with allegations of abuse against Salazar while they were a part of his team.

Mary Cain left the NOP after she says she was physically and emotionally abused by Salazar

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent body that handles investigations and complaints into abuse and misconduct in Olympic sports. The organization temporarily banned Salazar in 2020, and Monday’s decision makes the ban permanent. “No form of abuse will ever be tolerated within our sport, and we will continue to prioritize athletes’ emotional and physical safety above all else,” the federation said in a statement.

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SafeSport is independent of the United States Track and Field Agency (USATF) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The former is the organization behind the four-year ban he is currently serving, which he is, at present, appealing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). A recent documentary, “Nike’s Big Bet,” was released as a part of the Hot Docs Film Festival, detailing the circumstances behind his ban.