Oct 11, 2019

Nike is shutting down its Oregon Project track program

Alberto Salazar

Alberto Salazar. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Nike announced is shuttering its athletic training and track program, the Nike Oregon Project, just two weeks after head coach Alberto Salazar was banned from the sport by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for trafficking banned substances, Runner's World reports.

Why it matters: Nike's Oregon Project made American distance running competitive and produced a number of Olympic and world champions since opening in 2001. Shutting it down jeopardize's America's future in distance events.

The state of play: No Oregon Project athletes have tested positive for any banned substances, but Nike CEO Mark Parker says they're halting the program because Salazar's situation is "compromising their ability to focus on training and competition."

What's next: Salazar is appealing his suspension, but his ban stays in place while the case is pending. Nike says they support his decision to appeal.

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