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


Parker with Nike athlete Eliud Kipchoge on 12 October after he became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours, beating the mark by 20 seconds.

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.

Earlier this month head coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years after being found guilty of doping violations.

Parker had backed Salazar and said Nike would support him in any appeal.

Parker will become Nike’s executive chairman in January and will be replaced by John Donahoe.

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

On October 11 Nike released a statement saying the Salazar situation had become “an unfair burden” on athletes on the elite training programme.

“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.

“We will help all of our athletes in this transition as they choos

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