Nike investigates claims of ‘emotional and physical abuse’ at Oregon Project

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• Several former Oregon Project athletes back Mary Cain in fight• Athlete had osteoporosis and period stopped for three years

Nike has said it will conduct an investigation into the former US running prodigy Mary Cain’s claims she did not have a period for three years and ended up self-harming because of the constant pressure to lose weight put on her by the Oregon Project coach, Alberto Salazar.

The announcement came after Cain received the backing of several former Oregon Project athletes, who said Salazar had also been obsessed with their weight. Another, the Canadian 10,000m runner Cam Levins, issued a public apology on Twitter saying he was sorry he had not looked out for Cain when they were teammates.

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