In this Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, track coach Alberto Salazar watches a training session for the upcoming World Athletic Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing.

In this Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, track coach Alberto Salazar watches a training session for the upcoming World Athletic Championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing.

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has issued a 4-year sanction against Alberto Salazar, the head coach of the Nike Oregon Project after a panel determined he violated multiple anti-doping rules. 

The Anti-Doping Agency also issued a sanction against Dr. Jeffrey Brown, a Nike Oregon Project consultant and athlete physician. 

The agency made the announcement Monday, stating that two independent three-member panels of the American Arbitration Association decided the cases of Salazar and Brown. 

The panels found that the two men trafficked testosterone and attempted to tamper with drug testing. 

“While acting in connection with the Nike Oregon Project, Mr. Salazar and Dr. Brown demonstrated that winning was more important than the health and wellbeing of the athletes they were sworn to protect,” U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said in a statement. 

Salazar released a statement through the Nike Oregon Project website on Monday. 

“Throughout this six-year investigation my athletes and I have endured unjust, unethical and highly damaging treatment from USADA,” Salazar said in the statement. “I will appeal and look forward to this unfair and protracted process reaching the conclusion I know will be true.”

The sanctions make both men ineligible to work in athletics for four years, effective immediately.