In response to allegations by ProPublica and the BBC that Alberto Salazar purposefully pressured his athletes to dope and experimented with performance-enhancing drugs, the Nike Oregon Project coach filed an open letter on the organization’s website today. In the letter, he outlined his arguments against the three-week-old accusations.
Salazar starts his letter by saying that the Oregon Project doesn’t permit doping and “embraces science and technology to give runners every legal means for success….” Over the next 19 pages, which include numerous links to emails and stories, he goes on to defend each of his athletes. He includes Galen Rupp, who was accused of taking banned substances and microdosing testosterone prior to the London 2012 Olympics. (Salazar says Rupp has medical issues that require treatment and has never taken PEDs.)
Salazar concludes the letter by saying, “Let the haters hate; we’re going to keep winning through dedication and fair play.”