UK Athletics has welcomed the decision of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to carry out an investigation into allegations about Alberto Salazar’s operations at the Nike Oregon Project made on June 3 in the BBC Panorama programme Catch Me If You Can.
But it has called on UKAD to make its findings public – which the anti-doping body has said it will not do if no prosecution results from its investigations.
Investigations are also being made by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
There are no allegations in the programme about the British athlete whom Salazar has coached to world and Olympic 5000 and 10,000 metres titles since 2011, Mo Farah.
Farah opted out of appearing at Birmingham International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League meeting earlier this month and flew back to Oregon to “seek answers” from his coach.
UK Athletics Chairman Ed Warner suggested that, if he were a personal friend of Farah, he might suggest it would be wise to distance himself from Salazar.
Farah has subsequently announced he is satisfied with Salazar’s version of events and will remain with him.
He is due to race next at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on July 9.
The statement from UK Athletics read: “UK Athletics said at the outset that all those making allegations should take their evidence to the relevant anti-doping authorities so we obviously welcome this decision.
“We call on UKAD and other investigating bodies to make public the full findings of their investigations in order to enable full and public transparency.”
Confirming UKAD’s decision to follow up on the BBC programme - which alleged that Salazar had been using banned products on one of his athletes, Galen Rupp, and had been manipulating the system whereby athletes are allowed certain treatments for medical conditions – the organisation’s chief executive Nicole Sapstead, commented: “WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) has confirmed that USADA and UKAD are investigating the relevant allegations in the recent Panorama programme.
“As with all of our on-going investigations, UKAD will not disclose any details, to protect the privacy of everyone involved, and so we do not undermine our own operations of deterring and detecting doping in sport.
“We will follow our usual procedure; if a prosecution is brought we will publish the outcome on our website once due process (including any appeals) has been completed."
Sapstead added: “However, if at the end of the investigation there is no resulting prosecution, UKAD will not publish the details.
"This is because we have a duty to protect the rights of those involved, and any information gathered in the investigation may be important to our work at a later date.
"UKAD's job is to protect clean athletes and sport in the UK.
"We work closely with all those on our registered testing pool to assist them in meeting their reporting responsibilities.
"We have a dedicated athlete support officer whose primary role is to provide assistance to athletes, including regular contact with each athlete and their National Governing Body.
"Our athlete support officer also ensures their anti-doping knowledge is reviewed and refreshed before a major Games.
“Our mission is to protect everyone's right to clean sport, especially those athletes who choose to follow, defend and respect the anti-doping rules.”
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June 2015: UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner warns Farah should part from Salazar following doping allegations