Nike to close elite Oregon Project running program after Alberto Salazar’s USADA ban

Nike has decided to close the Oregon Project less than a two weeks after coach Alberto Salazar was banned from track and field for four years.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency sanctioned Salazar, former coach of long-distance great Mo Farah, at the start of this month after he was found guilty of multiple anti-doping violations.

Nike on Friday confirmed that it will continue to back Salazar with his appeal, but the Oregon Project will be brought to an end.

The Oregon Project was created by the athletic wear company in Beaverton, Oregon, in 2001 to promote long-distance running and train elite competitors in an effort to develop the best distance runners in the world.

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