Alberto Salazar denies doping allegations

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Alberto Salazar has rebuffed doping allegations made against him in an open letter published on the Nike Oregon Project website. Salazar, who was accused of doping following a BBC Panorama investigation earlier this month, denied claims he violated World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAD) regulations, saying "I will never permit doping."

In the 12,000-word open letter, Salazar declares "I believe in a clean sport and hard work and so do my athletes."

"We strictly adhere to competition and anti-doping rules at all times. I have not and will not condone any athlete I train using a banned substance and would never encourage any athlete to use a banned substance."

Regarding US athlete Galen Rupp, who won silver in the 10,000m behind Mo Farah at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Salazar says he was subject to therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for certain medical treatments due to severe allergies, asthma and thyroid disease, which were fully disclosed to anti-doping agencies. Salazar insists "Allegations that Galen takes asthma and thyroid medicine for competitive purposes are inaccurate and hurtful."

A BBC spokesperson responded by saying "We stand by our journalism and it is now for the relevant anti-doping authorities to investigate the allegations."

"The BBC has also invited Alberto Salazar to be interviewed about the allegations, an offer which still stands. Almost two months after Mr Salazar was first made aware of the allegations, we welcome his more detailed response."