UK Anti-Doping under formal investigation by WADA after allowing British Cycling to conduct their OWN drug probe and private testing following anomalous test leading up to London 2012
- UKAD is being investigated after British Cycling conducted its own probes in 2012
- Anti-Doping Agency to be questioned by WADA about shortcomings in the run-up to the London Games
- UKAD has ‘no record’ of what happened and has not seen the results of tests
- The move is shocking, as WADA focuses mainly on cases of ‘rogue’ organizations
British sport’s drug-busters have been placed under formal investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Mail on Sundays can reveal.
The dramatic development follows a lengthy investigation by this newspaper into events prior to London 2012, when UK Anti-Doping British Cycling effectively had their own private probe (including urine tests) performed after an abnormal test by a rider.
The move will cause shockwaves around global sport, as WADA is usually believed to delve into the affairs of ‘rogue’ anti-doping organizations such as Russia’s RUSADA, which was notoriously central to that country’s state-sponsored doping and cover-ups.
UKAD is being investigated by WADA after British Cycling was able to run their own probes ahead of the 2012 Olympics
As the UK’s clean sports police body, UKAD was supposed to conduct an in-depth investigation, but in 2011 they had British Cycling attempt to track down a potential baptist itself.
That came after a prominent British cyclist was tested out of competition in late 2010 and their urine was found to contain an unusual amount of nandrolone, a banned steroid.
A group of British riders were then tested to rule out innocent statements.
The BC management team involved in the testing at the time were performance director Dave Brailsford (L), performance manager Shane Sutton (C) and psychologist Steve Peters (R)
No findings have ever been made public; indeed the entire episode has been kept secret until now.
UKAD itself admits that they have ‘no record’ of what happened after one of their officials gave the green light for British Cycling’s private testing.
The specific shortcomings where UKAD will now be questioned by WADA are twofold.
First, the WADA code forces UKAD, and not a sport’s governing body, to conduct such investigations.
Second, the follow-up urine test was done in a non-WADA lab and UKAD didn’t even see the results.
WADA is widely believed to delve into the cases of ‘rogue’ anti-doping organizations
“We have asked our independent Intelligence and Investigation Department to investigate this matter further and to contact UKAD for more information,” said a WADA spokesperson. The Mail on Sundays on fridaynight.
Pursuant to Article 20.5.6 of the World Anti-Doping Code 2009, National Anti-Doping Organizations were under an obligation to pursue vigorously all potential anti-doping rule violations within their jurisdiction, including investigating the involvement of Athlete support personnel or other persons. in case of doping.
“The elements you have provided are of great importance to WADA.”
On the specific aspect of UKAD that allows British Cycling to test urine for nandrolone, the WADA spokesperson said: ‘The rules regarding the specific activities of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) are a matter for UKAD.
However, all such NGBs fall under the umbrella of the relevant signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code and are therefore bound by its terms.
Dr. Richard Freeman, who was banned from ordering a banned testosterone, was also involved
Article 6.1 of the Code states that in order to determine the presence of a prohibited substance, samples may only be analyzed in laboratories accredited by WADA.
“Any claim that an NGB is testing its athletes privately, in a non-accredited laboratory, for the purpose of screening for a banned substance, must be thoroughly investigated.”
The British Cycling senior management team involved in the secret tests at the time consisted of a quartet made up of performance director Dave Brailsford, Chief Medical Officer Steve Peters, Dr. Richard Freeman and the head coach, Shane Sutton. Freeman, the former chief physician of British Cycling and Team Sky, was banned from the medical register this month after a two-year hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal concluded that his fitness to exercise had been compromised.
The Mail on Sundays team asked British Cycling a detailed set of questions, including why it didn’t proceed when contamination and naturally occurring nandrolone were ruled out.
A British Cycling spokesperson said: ‘None of the people relevant to your question now work for British Cycling and this makes it difficult to verify the information you have sent, especially given the events you describe over a decade ago.
‘We are happy to check which email records we have at that moment and – subject to the GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation] and other legal or regulatory restrictions – share our findings with you. But this is not an easy process and will take a while, so we cannot respond before your deadline. ‘