Jonathan Gault wrote:
Salazar and Rupp have denied the charges, stating repeatedly that they have not broken any rules. Neither Salazar, Rupp, nor any other member of the NOP has been charged or sanctioned by any governing body. But because USADA has yet to release the results of its investigation, many people still have questions about Salazar and the NOP. Count Keflezighi and Flanagan among them.
"That program, the NOP has been under investigation for the last two years," Flanagan said in a conference call with reporters ahead of November 5's TCS New York City Marathon, which Flanagan and Keflezighi will run. "So as a fan of my own sport, itâ€™s hard to have full excitement and faith when you donâ€™t know all the facts yet. Thereâ€™s still an investigation going on so itâ€™s hard to truly and genuinely get excited about the performances that Iâ€™m watching.
"And I think itâ€™s really important to consider who you associate with. We donâ€™t get to choose our parents, but we certainly get to choose our friends and our coaches and who we want to include in our circle and put our faith and our trust in. I think itâ€™s really important to think about who you include in your professional circle in this sport, and I think that who you choose to allow in says a lot about you."
When asked for his thoughts on Chicago, Keflezighi praised the performances of Rupp and Hasay.
"Iâ€™m happy for Galen and Alberto, but thereâ€™s things that are still going on so itâ€™s hard to comprehend," Keflezighi said. "Iâ€™m [inaudible] that he won and I know she ran also, I think 2:20:57 so thatâ€™s amazing, especially in their second marathon and fourth marathon. So they achieved a lot."
When he was asked to expand on his comment of "things that are still going on," Keflezighi responded thusly.
"Well thatâ€™s the same thing you know. Iâ€™m pretty sure youâ€™ve done your homework. There's a lot of speculation going on and I would love to know whatâ€™s going on and how far itâ€™s gotten. Thereâ€™s allegations going on, so thatâ€™s what it is."