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Dr Richard Freeman charged with violating anti-doping rules

As one long-running Dr Richard Freeman case concludes, another begins…

The former British Cycling and Team Sky chief doctor Richard Freeman – who is currently approaching the end of an extremely long-running fitness-to-practise medical tribunal – has now been charged with two violations of anti-doping rules by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad). If found guilty, he could face a four-year ban from sport.

Freeman’s medical tribunal is now entering its closing stages with a verdict due on March 2.

Freeman has admitted 18 of the 22 charges brought against him by the General Medical Council (GMC), including ordering the banned substance Testogel, but he denies that he did so “knowing or believing” that it was intended for use by an athlete.

The BBC reports that Ukad has now charged Freeman with "possession of a prohibited substance" and "tampering or attempted tampering with any part of doping control".

It is being reported that while he is contesting the former charge, he has admitted the latter.

Ukad has declined to comment.

At his tribunal, Freeman has claimed that he ordered Testogel patches for former British Cycling and Team Sky coach Shane Sutton to treat his erectile dysfunction.

On Friday his legal counsel Mary O’Rourke QC gave her closing submission, saying: “The short question is this: did Richard Freeman make up the story about blueies and brownies and what Sutton said to him about a younger partner at the weekend? Going back to his wife – his then wife – and struggling to get it up? You have to decide whether that story has the ring of truth or it’s fabricated.”

O’Rourke also floated the possibility that, “Sutton was getting [the Testogel] for nefarious purposes and had a rider he coached who wanted it.”

The GMC has said there is “no evidence” for the claim that Freeman was bullied into ordering the Testogel by Sutton, and argues the doctor has been seeking to exploit his former colleague’s poor reputation to protect himself.

 

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Gkam84 | 3 years ago
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FINALLY. That should have happened from the off. Only UKAD have the power to investigate British Cycling, Team Sky/Ineos...etc. The GMC can only look into Freeman.

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Rapha Nadal | 3 years ago
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So can we now assume that UKAD will launch a full-on investigation into riders & other athletes? 

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Legin replied to Rapha Nadal | 3 years ago
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Rapha Nadal wrote:

So can we now assume that UKAD will launch a full-on investigation into riders & other athletes? 

I doubt it; the evidence hasn't changed, the decision to charge Freeman is for his breach not the breach of others. Freeman may be guilty of all sorts but when it comes to who those patches were for the answer is in front of your face.

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Gkam84 replied to Legin | 3 years ago
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I think you'll find the evidence has changed. if you look at all the submissions from Freemans side. It has opened up a lot of new avenues that UKAD will want to follow. Certain riders that haven't been "named" but are easy enough to work out who was taking what,

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ChrisB200SX replied to Legin | 3 years ago
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Legin wrote:
Rapha Nadal wrote:

So can we now assume that UKAD will launch a full-on investigation into riders & other athletes? 

I doubt it; the evidence hasn't changed, the decision to charge Freeman is for his breach not the breach of others. Freeman may be guilty of all sorts but when it comes to who those patches were for the answer is in front of your face.

It's not possible to know that before an investigation has been launched to find evidence.

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