Athletics coach Alberto Salazar looks set to have his four-year ban for doping offences upheld following the confirmation that he has lost his appeal against his suspension at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The former head of the Nike Oregon Project, which is no longer in existence, was handed a suspension in 2019 for several drugs violations.
On Wednesday, the BBC and The Times both reported that CAS did not overturn Salazar’s suspension despite the appeal.
CAS was not in a position for immediate comment.
The 63-year-old was suspended at the World Championships in Doha two years ago.
An investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency brought to light Salazar’s attempts or successful attempts to traffic testosterone, given athletes a substance above the allowed quantity and tampered with the doping control process of athletes.
USADA said they had uncovered a substantial amount of evidence including “eye-witness proof, testimonies, contemporaneous emails, and patient records.”
The much maligned and infamous coach is currently serving a separate lifetime ban from coaching after evidence of sexual and emotional misconduct were found in an investigation by the US Center for SafeSport.
Whilst Salazar did admit to speaking to athletes in a “callous or insensitive” manner, he denied that he had ever abused or discriminated against any of his athletes.