COLORADO SPRINGS: Alberto Salazar – Mo Farah’s former athletics coach – has been banned from the sport for four years after being found guilty of doping violations.

Salazar, 61, runs the Nike Oregon Project – home to four-time Olympic champion Farah from 2011 until 2017.

The decision follows a four-year investigation by the US Anti Doping Agency (Usada) and a two-year court battle behind closed doors.

A joint investigation between BBC and the US website ProPublica, revealed allegations of doping and unethical practices at the US training base in Beaverton, Oregon.

The UK sports governing body UK Athletics conducted its own review into the claims, and gave Briton Farah – also a six-time world champion – the green light to continue working with American Salazar.

Dr Jeffrey Brown, a Nike-paid endocrinologist who treated many of Salazar’s athletes, has also been banned for four years.

The BBC has reported that doping charges against Salazar, who was born in Cuba, and Dr Brown were brought by USADA in March 2017.