Celebrated as a new US prodigy, Mary Cain severely blames Nike's Oregon Run project and its head coach Alberto Salazar.
The world's largest sports equipment supplier Nike is getting more and more under pressure from its own athletes. After the long-standing, suspected doping cross-country program “Nike Oregon Project” (NOP) was set in October and head coach Alberto Salazar and a hormone doctor were banned for four years, now raised as the new US miracle runner Mary Cain serious allegations. Cain explains that as a NOP athlete she has been under constant pressure to reduce her weight and become “thinner and thinner and thinner”. This led to the loss of her period over three years, she had five broken bones and finally thought about suicide, she stated now in a post for the New York Times,
Cain, a 17-year-old record runner who hopes US athletics have great hopes, has received diuretics and birth control pills from Salazar to support the weight loss process, which also violates doping rules. “I was emotionally and physically abused by a system that Alberto designed and supported Nike,” said the 23-year-old.
Salacar, who had been overcrowded by Nike CEO Mark Parker, dismissed all allegations. However, the files of the US anti-doping agency Usada reveal his intensive experiments with testosterone and thyroid preparations. And under Chef Parker, who stepped down in October, Nike had declared women the marketing core target.
Now the group said that they take Cain's allegations “extremely serious” and will investigate, even ex-NOP athletes want to question. Nike has never distanced himself from the suspended Salazar, which had reported directly to Parker. To the turbulence around spindly women runners are added allegations of other Nike athletes who had to expect in pregnancy with drastic cut in premiums.
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