Kara Goucher to discuss Salazar allegations with USADA privately
Distance runner Kara Goucher said Wednesday that any new information regarding the investigation into Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar would remain private between her and the U.S. Anti-Doping Association, according to a statement released to select members of the media.
Previously, at the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., Goucher said she would come forward with new information to aid the USADA's investigation.
Goucher was one of the main whistleblowers in a joint ProPublica and BBC report alleging Salazar pushed the boundaries on doping rules to gain a competitive advantage by encouraging the use of prescription medication and therapeutic use exemptions. The report also implicates Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp in the doping scandal.
In her statement on Wednesday, Goucher discussed her decision to keep new information confidential between herself and the USADA.
"Out of respect to my fellow runners celebrating their USA meet and teammates racing overseas, I delayed talking about this subject a couple weeks so that more positivity could be focused on the amazing track performances in the US and abroad that deserve full attention," Goucher said.
I went public with the truth about what I experienced at the Oregon Project and under the coaching of Alberto Salazar last month because I believe in upholding the integrity of our sport, and I wanted to confirm what I had already told USADA in 2013. What prevented me from coming forward in 2011 was fear of further retribution after already being suspended by Nike for giving birth to our son. Regardless of Alberto’s expected attack on me and my family, I will continue to tell the truth and cooperate with USADA. Doing the right thing regardless of the fear of retaliation is the only way that things are ever going to change in the fight for clean sport. My biggest hope in coming forward is that I encourage others to come forward and tell the truth as well.
Over the past several weeks, seventeen Oregon Project athletes and staff members have come forward to report what they saw during their time at the Oregon Project to the media, and since the USA Championships last month, I know that the number of people who have come forward to USADA has grown. After going back and forth on deciding what to share, I have ultimately decided that it won’t help the USADA investigation if I share any further evidence publicly, so any new knowledge will be shared to USADA alone."
Goucher said that she stands by all of her testimonies and left the Nike Oregon Project because of "illegal actions" that occurred at the Oregon Project while under Alberto Salazar.
On June 24, Salazar responded to allegations with an 11,736 word response on the Nike Oregon Project's official website.
Rupp won the men's 10,000-meter run and finished third in the 5,000-meter run at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships. He will run both events at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing next month. He has not raced on the European track and field circuit over the summer.
Goucher finished 18th in the women's 5,000-meter run and is preparing for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in February.