The United States Anti-Doping Agency has sent an official notice of rules violations to Dr. Jeffrey Stuart Brown, an endocrinologist, who has treated several Olympians in the Nike Oregon Project stable of elite runners.
The USADA notice is a formal signal that anti-doping officials are pursuing sanctions in the case. It was announced by the United States Anti-Doping Agency that a broad investigation into the Nike Oregon Project is continuing. Officials are believed to be building cases against Alberto Salazar, the leader of the prominent team, who has trained some of the most decorated track athletes in the world, and his athletes.
The notice of rules’ violations from USADA to Dr. Brown is the first step in the process for issuing sanctions by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Dr. Brown Has an opportunity to respond in writing after which the case will proceed to a review board that acts as a grand jury. The notice recipient has 10 days to accept or contest them in arbitration if charges are made and sanctions would be issued thereafter.
Dr. Brown is accused of violating anti-doping rules and colluding with the coach at the Nike Oregon Project to cover it up. The doctor and Salazar have denied accusations of doping violations.
The Nike Oregon Project, which is financed by the athletic apparel manufacturer, was established to make American distance running relevant again on the international stage. The team, under Alberto Salazar, has produced Olympic champions like Mo Farah while stirring accusations of systematic doping. Few weeks ago, a confidential report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency outlining methods of performance enhancement by the team was reported by the New York Times. It was claimed by this confidential report that Dr. Brown was the personal physician of Salazar and was paid a monthly retainer to work with the Oregon Project athletes.
Dr. Brown said in a statement through his lawyer last month that the health of his patients throughout his career has, and always will be, his absolute priority. The statement further reads that Dr. Brown will not be bullied or coerced regardless of tactics used, and he intends to fully defend himself against any baseless allegations brought against him in any forum.
It was recently reported that three-time U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp and four-time gold medalist Mo Farah continued to use a Calcitonin nasal spray linked to increased cancer risk even after a Nike Oregon Project assistant coach told the team to stop using it.
The USADA report also revealed that Salazar admitted using testosterone near the end of his competitive career in the mid-1990s. It was disclosed that Salazar did not entirely dispel the possibility he used testosterone while he was competing, as he claimed to be unable to recall when he first used Testosterone and refused to state that his first use of Testosterone came after his participation in the Comrades Marathon, a race he won in late 1994. The report later cited an interview in which Salazar denied using Testosterone while he was actively competing though he did admitted in the refutation of a 2015 ProPublica story that he had Testosterone cream for his own legitimate medical reasons, and not for his athletes.
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