Dhe is suspended for doping violations athletics coach Alberto Salazar and the Nike Oregon Project (NOP) face new charges. Former American prodigy Mary Cain said in a New York Times article that during her time at the NOP, she had been asked to significantly reduce her weight. This has led to the loss of her period over three years, she has suffered five broken bones and in the end even thought about suicide.
"I was the victim of abuse through a system and a man," said the 23-year-old, who joined the NOP in 2013 as a 17-year-old. At this time she was seen as a big middle distance hope. But with their terms it went from now only downhill. Most recently she appeared in 2016.
On October 10, Nike's controversial NOP was officially declared over. A few days earlier, Alberto Salazar had been suspended for four years for violating anti-doping rules. The World Cup third Konstanze Klosterhalfen had also trained in late 2018 in the United States. However, she was officially a member of the NOP only since April. She never trained under Salazar, her coach was Pete Julian.
Recent developments have obviously opened Mary Cain's eyes. "After the doping report, I suddenly felt freed. That helped me to understand that this system is not okay, "she said," so I decided to comment now. Nike has a chance to make changes and protect its athletes in the future. "
The sporting goods giant Nike was surprised by Cain's allegations. "These are deeply troubling allegations that Mary or her parents have not previously made. Mary did not want to return to the Oregon Project and Alberto's team until April of this year, and did not raise these concerns in the process, "the company said.
Take the allegations "very seriously. We will immediately investigate to hear former Oregon athletes. At Nike, we always try to put the athlete at the center of our actions, and these claims completely contradict our values, "the statement said.