The Court of arbitration for sports says it will hear banned track coach Alberto Salazar’s appeal to overturn his four-year doping suspension in November.
American Salazar, who coached some of the world’s top distance runners including British Olympic and world champion Mo Farah, was banned by the US anti doping agency for aiding and abeiting doping during his time as head coach of the Nike Oregon project.
The world’s highest sports court, said on Tuesday it would hear appeals from Salazar and endocrinologist Jeffrey Brown between November 8-16.
Brown, who worked for NOP on performance enhancement and served as a physician for numerous athletes in the training program, was also banned by USADA for four years.
Nike Inc, which funds NOP – an elite long-distance running training centre in Portland under a long-term sponsorship deal with U.S. Track and Field – has previously said it would support Salazar’s bid to clear his name.
No NOP runner was directly implicated in doping by USADA.
Salazar won three consecutive New York City marathons from 1980 before coaching a slew of Olympians, including Farah, who won the 5,000 and 10,000m golds at the London and Rio Olympics before splitting with the American in 2017.
Nike’s Oregon project has been put on hold since Salazar received the four-year ban for doping offences.