Oregon Project controversy forces Nike Chief Executive to step down

International | Sport

Nike have announced that Chief Executive Mark Parker will leave his role in the new year, following the controversy around the Oregon Project and the Alberto Salazar doping scandal.

Parker will remain with the company, and will become the company’s Executive Chairman, with former eBay executive John Donahoe replacing him as Chief Executive.

Nike said Parker would “continue to lead the board of directors and work closely with Donahoe and the senior management team”.

Earlier this month, Salazar, Head Coach at the project that included Sir Mo Farah, was banned for four years after he was found guilty of various doping violations.

Parker publicly stated that he still backed Salazar, and that Nike would support him in his appeal.

“We made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project to allow the athletes to focus on their training and competition needs. We will help all of our athletes in this transition as they choose the coaching set-up that is right for them,” Nike said earlier this month.

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