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Nike CEO Mark Parker Was Briefed on Trainer’s Doping Experiments

  • Chief maintains that experiments were meant to prevent doping
  • Watchdog agency banned two company associates after probe
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Nike Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Parker fired back against a ruling that a company-backed running coach illicitly doped runners in a Nike program, saying in a memo to staff members that experiments with performance-enhancing drugs were meant to prevent doping.

Documents released by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency showed that Parker and other top Nike officials were briefed on numerous occasions by running coach Alberto Salazar, head of the famed Nike Oregon Project, about ongoing work that the agency characterized as “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct.”