USADA investigating if Salazar violated rules: source

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By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) - American coach Alberto Salazar is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to determine if anti-doping rules may have been violated, a source told Reuters.

The agency is seeking documents and interviewing witnesses, the person, who is familiar with the investigation, said.

The probe has been ongoing and began before the BBC television programme Panorama in association with American website ProPublica made a series of allegations, the source said.

The allegations included that Salazar had given Olympic 10,000 metres silver medallist Galen Rupp the banned anabolic steroid testosterone.

Rupp is the training partner of British double Olympic champion Mo Farah, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Salazar issued a lengthy and detailed denial of the allegations on Wednesday.

USADA would not comment on whether an investigation was taking place.

"USADA takes all reports of doping seriously and we aggressively follow up on all information we receive in order to fulfil our oath to protect clean athletes and the integrity of competition," it said in a statement.   Continued...

May 30, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Galen Rupp (USA) embraces coach Alberto Salazar after winning the 10,000m in an American record 26:44.39 in the 40th Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports