Sifan Hassan Statement On Salazar Suspension

The newly crowned 10,000m world champion, now preparing for the 1500 heats in Doha, has responded to the news of her coach’s suspension.

Press release from Global Sports Communications (October 01, 2019):

Due to the USADA ruling in regards of the suspension of Oregon Project Coach Alberto Salazar, Sifan Hassan (NED) wants to share the following statement:

“I am shocked to receive the news of today’s ruling, especially during this time in which I am fully preparing for my next race in the world championships in Doha. I like to state that this investigation is focused on the period before I joined the Oregon Project and therefore has no relation to me. I was aware of the ongoing investigations when I joined the team and have always had a clean conscience, knowing we are being monitored to the absolute fullest by USADA and WADA. I am saddened by the timing of USADA as it brings my championship out of balance but I will focus all my energy on my next race and my performance in the 1500m. A race that I have worked hard to prepare for and am very excited to race in hopes of winning my second world title.”

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