Oct 23, 2019

Mark Parker: Nike boss to leave role after Oregon Project is closed down

Nike has announced chief executive Mark Parker will step down from the role next year, just weeks after the company's Oregon Project closed down. "We made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project to allow the athletes to focus on their training and competition needs," Nike said at the time. Parker sent an internal memo calling the Salazar situation a "Distraction" for Nike Oregon Project athletes. Parker was implicated in the US Anti-Doping Agency case against Salazar for being aware of a testosterone experiment conducted on Nike premises, which has since led to the closure of the Nike Oregon Project training centre. Parker had said he did not believe the testosterone experiment was breaking any rules, and had backed Salazar in the wake of the scandal, saying Nike would support the coach's appeal.

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