Salazar Faces World Championships Expulsion After Drug Ban

Doha (AFP/APP): Alberto Salazar will be barred from the World Athletics Championships following his four-year doping ban, US officials said Tuesday.

In a statement following news of Salazar’s suspension, the United States Track and Field Federation said it had moved to have the 61-year-old coach stripped of his credentials for Doha. “USATF has taken the steps necessary to have Mr. Salazar’s IAAF World Championships accreditation deactivated,” the USATF said in a statement emailed to AFP.

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“USATF’s commitment to clean sport and a level playing field for all athletes cannot be overstated,” the federation added.  “USATF’s focus remains on the health and well-being of its athletes.”

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Salazar was not a part of the US track and field team competing in Doha, but several athletes from his Nike Oregon Project stable are competing in Doha. Salazar, best known as the long-time coach of Britain’s four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah, coached the Netherland’s Ethiopian-born Sifan Hassan to the 10,000 metres gold on Saturday.

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Hassan is also expected to take part in either the 1,500m or 5,000m later this week.

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