US Center for SafeSport Denies Track Coach Alberto Salazar's Appeal Against Lifetime Suspension

DENVER – The US organization US Center for SafeSport rejected the appeal filed by athletic trainer Alberto Salazar against the life suspension imposed on him for improper sexual acts. This would be the most recent – and perhaps the final – blow in the coach’s once remarkable career.

Salazar, 63, of Cuban origin, was suspended in July but appealed the ruling.

His information in the SafeSport database was updated this week to “permanently ineligible.” SafeSport does not disclose details of its investigations.

In 2019, multiple athletes, including Mary Cain, Kara Goucher and Amy Yoder Begley, revealed that they suffered emotional and physical abuse while working with Salazar as part of the Nike Oregon Project team.

In January 2020, SafeSport temporarily suspended Salazar. The punishment became permanent in July 2021.

Cain has sued Salazar and Nike. Among the accusations, she points out that the coach forced her to get on a scale in front of other people and criticized her if her weight was not at a certain level.

The coach has denied the commission of wrongdoing.

Earlier this year, in another case, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a four-year suspension for a series of doping offenses that occurred when Salazar was training Olympians with the Nike project. Shortly after that decision, Nike shut down the athletic team’s operations.

Salazar won the Boston and New York Marathons in the early 1980s and would coach numerous Olympic medalists, including Mo Farah and Galen Rupp. None of the athletes who worked with Salazar have been charged with doping offenses.