Don't call me a liar, Goucher tells Salazar

Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:51pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Distance runner Kara Goucher struck back at former coach Alberto Salazar on Sunday, saying she did not like being made to look like a liar in his response in an open letter to doping allegations against him.

"I understand if you read it through, it looks like I am a liar. I don't like being labeled a liar," an emotional Goucher, among those making allegations that Salazar has violated anti-doping rules, told reporters at the U.S. world championships trials.

Goucher, confirming she had been talking to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) since 2013, said she looked forward to testifying under oath about Salazar over the doping allegations.

"I would welcome that opportunity for myself, for every former Oregon Project member, for every doctor that has been involved, to go under oath," Goucher, who left Salazar's group in 2011, said.

U.S. coach Salazar last week issued a lengthy response to a series of allegations made by BBC television program Panorama in association with American website ProPublica.

The coach of British double Olympic champion Mo Farah and American London Games silver medalist Galen Rupp denied any wrongdoing.

Farah has said he would remain with Salazar.

The coach is under investigation by USADA over whether he violated anti-doping rules, a source told Reuters.   Continued...

Kara Goucher of the U.S. (L) helps her compatriot Shalane Flanagan after finishing the women's marathon final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall August 5, 2012.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch