And while the agency’s directive did not implicate any Oregon Project runners, Nike issued a statement Friday saying that in part, the team was being disbanded due to unfair scrutiny being leveled at their athletes. "Nike has always tried to put the athlete and their needs at the front of all of our decisions," Parker’s statement said. We will help all of our athletes in this transition as they choose the coaching set up that is right for them. The venture emulated other elite training groups that were popping up at the time, notably the Mammoth Lakes, Calif.-based Team Running U.S.A., but with far more money, access to Nike’s scientific research labs, and with America’s best-known distance runner at the helm. On Thursday in Eugene, Brazier said he wanted to continue to train with Oregon Project assistant Pete Julian if possible. The Nike Oregon Project, Nike's elite track and field training program, is being shut down. A Nike spokesman confirmed the Oregon Project’s demise, which was first reported by Runners World magazine. Rupp won the Olympic silver medal in the 10,000 meters in 2012 and the Olympic bronze medal in the marathon in 2016. Rupp, Jordan Hasay and Farah are scheduled to participate in the race and were going to have to face public questioning for the first time since the Salazar ban about their training and their former coach, questions that would surely follow them as long as the Oregon Project remained in operation. Knight started the company that would become Nike with the famed Oregon coach Bill Bowerman shortly after graduating from Oregon, where he was a member of the track team. Nike sponsored Salazar as a professional, when he won three consecutive New York City Marathons and became the world’s top distance runner. Salazar has vowed to appeal the ban and just last week, Mark Parker, Nike’s chief executive, announced that the company was standing behind Salazar, a marathon champion in his 20s and the leading figure in American distance running in the modern era. Salazar has had a close relationship with Nike since he migrated to the Pacific Northwest from Massachusetts as a teenager to attend and run for the University of Oregon, alma mater of the Nike co-founder Phil H. Knight. Mo Farah, a former member of the Oregon Project, is a four-time Olympic gold medalist. Salazar, 61, and Jeffrey Brown, a consultant doctor for the NOP, were ruled to have trafficked testosterone, tampered with the doping control process and administered a banned intravenous infusion. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. "Nike has always tried to put the athlete and their needs at the front of all of our decisions," a spokesperson told CNN. We have therefore made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project to allow the athletes to focus on their training and competition needs.". (CNN)Nike is to shut down its elite Oregon Project (OP) long-distance running operation less than two weeks after head coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years, a company spokesperson told CNN. A week after coach Alberto Salazar was served a four-year ban for experimenting with performance-enhancing drugs, Nike has shut down his Nike Oregon Project (NOP) training group. Nike’s decision to close the project was first disclosed by Bloomberg.