Coach Salazar, Rupp hit back at doping report

Thu Jun 4, 2015 2:16am EDT
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By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) - Top athletics coach Alberto Salazar and U.S. Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp have denied any wrongdoing after a BBC documentary accused them of violating anti-doping rules.

In a statement on Wednesday, Salazar said the BBC and U.S. website ProPublica had engaged in "inaccurate and unfounded journalism".

"I believe in a clean sport and hard work and so do my athletes," said Salazar. "Apparently that is not interesting enough for some.

"I am very disappointed that the BBC and ProPublica and their 'reporters' who have allowed themselves to be used by individuals with agendas and have engaged in such inaccurate and unfounded journalism.

"Rather than present the facts, they opted for sensationalism and innuendo."

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) would not comment on whether Salazar's group was under investigation.

Rupp, the training partner of British double Olympic champion Mo Farah, denied ever using performance enhancing drugs. Farah has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

"I expressly told these reporters that these allegations were not true and their sources admit they have no evidence, yet they print 'suspicions' attacking me and sullying my reputation," said Rupp in an e-mailed statement.   Continued...

Galen Rupp places third in the mens' 5000 meter run with at me of 13:12.36 at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports