IOC calls for Investigation into all Alberto Salazar’s Athletes

( “Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president, says he has contacted the World Anti-Doping Agency asking it to investigate all athletes who trained with the banned coach Alberto Salazar.

Salazar, who coached Britain’s Mo Farah for six years, was this week found guilty of doping for “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct” while at the Nike Oregon Project.

Speaking on Thursday at a news conference, Bach said the case was “very worrying and raises serious concerns” and that he would be asking Wada to take a closer look.

Seb Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federation warned that any athlete who tries to stay secretly with Salazar would face a two-year ban themselves.

On what he will be asking Wada, Bach said: “To see how many athletes have been investigated. Have all the athletes been investigated who have been training in this centre? Does the report address the whole period of the existence of this project or only part of it? Could any Olympic results directly or indirectly be affected?

“We learned from the report that the athletes would not have known what happened to them – this is an important factor when looking at sanctions but disqualification is mandatory whether the athlete knows or not.”

In a statement, Wada said it could not comment publicly until it had reviewed the case in full.”


Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP