Alberto Salazar’s appeal on his ban will be heard no earlier than March 2020

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The Court for Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will not be hearing Alberto Salazar’s appeal from his four-year suspension until at least March 2020.

In a release, the CAS said: “it had registered the appeals filed by the two officials, who were sanctioned following an extensive investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).” The other is Dr. Jeffrey Brown.

The two requested extra time to better prepare their cases. They were banned for practices related to drugs that were apparently used on Nike Oregon Project (NOP) athletes.

Salazar was the head coach of NOP, a competitive training group. Many of the athletes achieved success; some quit or got fired for not performing to NOP standards. Some of the names associated with NOP include Mo Farah, Kara Goucher, Mary Cain, Sifan Hassan, Steve Magness, Cameron Levins, Matthew Centrowitz and Jordan Hasay, to name a few.

Salazar apparently tampered with NOP athletes’ doping control, according to the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA).

Cain, who left NOP on her parent’s urging, said that while Salazar demanded weight loss and for Cain to take banned substances there was no medical professional employed by Nike.

However, Brown was a paid endocrinologist who acted as a physician for numerous NOP athletes.

The NOP was closed permanently after the ban was announced. Shortly after, chief executive officer Mark Parker has stepped down which will take effect in January.