Alberto Salazar, track coach, barred from sport for life

Track coach Alberto Salazar’s appeal of his lifetime ban for sexual misconduct was rejected by the US Center for SafeSport in the latest defeat of his once-storied career.

The 63-year-old Salazar was handed the lifetime ban in July but appealed the case. His entry in the SafeSport database was updated this week to “permanent ineligibility,” signalling the appeal had been rejected.

Mary Cain sues Salazar, Nike, citing abuse – reports


The SafeSport centre does not reveal details of its investigations.

In 2019, a handful of runners, including Mary Cain, Kara Goucher and Amy Yoder Begley, revealed that they had been emotionally and physically abused while working with Salazar as part of the Nike Oregon Project team.

In January 2020, SafeSport temporarily banned Salazar, and that was made permanent in July 2021.

Cain has sued Salazar and Nike. Among the allegations is that he made her step on a scale in front of other people and would criticize her if her weight wasn’t at a certain level. The coach has denied wrongdoing.

Salazar’s four-year ban upheld by CAS

Earlier this year, in a separate case, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a four-year ban for a series of doping-related violations that occurred while Salazar was training Olympians with the Nike project.

Shortly after that decision, Nike shut down the running team.

Salazar won the Boston and New York Marathons in the early 1980s and went on to coach several Olympic medalists, including Mo Farah and Galen Rupp. None of Salazar’s former runners has been charged with doping violations.

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