British riders retested doping samples when ex-Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman stood before his tribunal
Revealed: British riders had to retest their doping samples as ex-Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman stood before his medical tribunal, with UKAD trying to catch possible cheats ahead of the Tokyo Olympics
- British riders have had their doping samples retested by UK Anti-Doping
- UKAD has re-analyzed 302 samples since January 2020, including 102 from riders
- The increase comes when Richard Freeman was banned from the medical registry last month
- The ex-British Cycling and Team Sky doctor was found guilty of ordering a banned testosterone in 2011 ‘knowing or believing’ it was to baptize a rider
British riders had their doping samples retested at the same time that ex-British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman was facing a medical court.
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has released figures showing that they have re-analyzed 302 samples since January 2020, including 102 from cyclists.
It’s a significant boost to the agency’s retest program, as only 120 blood and urine samples from athletes – and only 39 riders – were checked from January 2011 to January 2020.
Ex-British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman was found guilty in his medical court of ordering a banned testosterone ‘knowing or believing’ it was to dope a rider
The increase in retesting is because Freeman was banned from the medical registry last month. He was found guilty of ordering banned testosterone in 2011 ‘knowing or believing’ it was to baptize a rider.
UKAD is trying to catch possible 2011 cheats ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and before the 10-year statute of limitations expires, after which time historic doping violations cannot be sanctioned.
A UKAD spokesperson said, “When a sample needs to be re-analyzed, it is a decision that takes into account many factors, including specific intelligence reports, advances in science and technology to detect banned substances, and important upcoming competitions.”
UKAD is currently under investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency after the Mail on Sunday disclosed that they allowed British Cycling to conduct their own investigation into why a 2010 urine sample from a team rider contained traces of banned substance nandrolone.
British riders had their doping samples retested at the same time as the Freeman’s tribunal
UKAD told the BBC that it could not comment on individual test results and that: ‘Sometimes amounts of a’ threshold substance ‘may be reported by the laboratory in a negative sample found to be below the threshold where an examination is required.
‘These are trace amounts that sometimes occur naturally in the body.
WADA’s guideline is that these tracking findings can be used to help decide who to test when in the future, but do not automatically lead to an investigation.
“We work within the WADA framework and are always happy to work with them if they ever need more information from us about our activities.”
UKAD is trying to catch possible 2011 cheats ahead of the Tokyo Olympics