The sporting goods manufacturer Nike concludes his controversial Oregon Project in Portland. The German long-distance runner Konstanze Klosterhalfen had been training in the training center for one year. “We have decided to end the Oregon project so that athletes can focus on their training and competition needs,” the Nike statement said.
The head coach of the project, Alberto Salazar, was suspended for four years last week for violating anti-doping rules. The allegations relate to the period from 2010 to 2014. Salazar had been closed after many years of investigation by the US anti-doping agency USADA, as was the doctor Jeffrey Brown. The native Cuban and former marathon top runner Salazar objected.
The Leverkusen Klosterhalfen, who last won at the World Athletics Championships in Doha bronze over 5,000 yards, had said that Pete Julian was her coach in Oregon be, so none of the preloaded.
According to Nike, the Commission of Inquiry did not find that the athletes in the project had ever used “performance-enhancing means”. The overall situation had become an “unfair burden” for the athletes. “We will help all our athletes in this transition if they choose the training conditions that suit them, and we will continue to support Alberto's vocation.”