Doctor altered athlete medical records

The doctor at the centre of the Nike Oregon Project (NOP) drugs investigation altered athletes’ medical records before handing them to anti-doping authorities, according to new disclosures.

Dr Jeffrey Brown, along with controversial NOP coach Alberto Salazar, has been under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada), since the BBC’s Panorama programme and ProPublica alleged doping and unethical practice at NOP in 2015.

The elite endurance camp is funded by Nike and led by Salazar, who has coached Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah since 2011.

Both Salazar and Dr Brown strongly deny any wrongdoing.

In February this year, an interim report by Usada investigators into the NOP claims was leaked by the Russian hacking group Fancy Bears. Details of various alleged anti-doping rule breaches outlined in the report were published by the Sunday Times, the BBC and the New York Times.

Usada has yet to formally charge anyone in relation to its investigation.

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