UK Athletics launch independent review into Salazar and Oregon Project

UK Athletics has commissioned an independent review into its dealing with Alberto Salazar and his Nike Oregon Project.

The American coach, who worked with Mo Farah from 2011 to 2017, was banned for four years by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in October and this month announced he would be challenging the sanction at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Farah, who has won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at each of the last two Olympics, has never failed a drugs test and has always strenuously denied breaking any anti-doping regulations.

Alberto Salazar with Mo Farah in 2012
Alberto Salazar with Mo Farah in 2012

The independent review, led by sports law barrister John Mehrzad, is expected to publish its findings “in or around Spring 2020” on a range of specific questions relating to UKA’s response to allegations against Salazar in 2015 and 2017.