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Former British Cycling Doctor Richard Freeman Issued 4 Year Ban for Anti-Doping Violations

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UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport, has today confirmed that former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman has been banned from all sport for four years. The ban comes after the independent National Anti-Doping Panel found he committed the Anti-Doping Rule Violations of ‘Possession of a Prohibited Substance’ and (on two distinct occasions) ‘Tampering’.

Freeman was British Cycling’s doctor during the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. As reported by the BBC, he was struck off the medical register in 2021 when he was found guilty of ordering the banned anabolic steroid, testosterone.

In addition to the General Medical Council considering him no longer fit to practice, UK Anti-Doping has now banned him from all sport for four years, backdated to the 22nd December, 2020. You can read more about Freeman’s wrongdoing on the UKAD website, including Freeman’s defense that the package containing the banned substance was for a ‘non-rider’ member of the British Cycling staff.

British Cycling has today issued a statement distancing itself from Richard Freeman and his Anti-Doping Rule Violations.

Press Release from British Cycling

Following today’s announcement by UK Anti-Doping regarding the case of Richard Freeman, British Cycling Chair Frank Slevin has issued the following statement.

“We note today’s verdict from the National Anti-Doping Panel and thank them for the time and consideration put into reaching their decision.

Throughout this case we have reiterated our belief that it is in public interest and best interests of our sport that all matters are heard and thoroughly examined by the relevant authorities. As such, we have made every effort to support both UK Anti-Doping and the General Medical Council in their respective investigations, and will continue to do so on any matters arising in the future.

We have stated previously that Richard Freeman’s conduct during his employment by British Cycling bore no resemblance to the high ethical and professional standards which we, our members and our partners rightly expect.

We also acknowledge that many will be understandably frustrated, as we are ourselves, that some matters arising from this case and others remain uncertain. We once again want to take this opportunity to urge individuals with relevant information to share that with UK Anti-Doping.

In the years since Freeman was suspended from his employment by British Cycling, we have made great progress in strengthening our provision of medical services to riders competing for the Great Britain Cycling Team. Being granted Care Quality Commission status in October 2020 – making us one of the first professional sport medical facilities to achieve the status – is testament to the progress we have made.

Ensuring that British Cycling remains at the forefront of our sector in this area will continue to be a key priority for us, and under the leadership of our Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nigel Jones, I am incredibly proud of the support we are providing both to our funded riders and wider sport.”

ukad.org.uk

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mud
mud
7 months ago

Good! “Marginal gains” my ass!

Pierre JaQueoff
Pierre JaQueoff
7 months ago
Reply to  mud

I agree. If you’re going to dope. Don’t dope in the most boring way possible. I want dudes ripping 550 watts for 2 hours at the end of a mountain stage on week 3 of the tour.

Andreas
Andreas
7 months ago

Way too little detail to provide any conclusive commentary, but if indeed it was only one case, and that case was (also indeed) for a non-rider, then I don’t see sufficiently balanced language from the british cycling spokesperson. So my guess is that there was way more than “only” what was mentioned as defense. In other words, if he ordered testosterone for e.g., the busdriver, this does not add up.

Last edited 7 months ago by Andreas
sirbikealot
7 months ago

the scapegoat to save british cycling and Wiggins

Oliver
Oliver
7 months ago
Reply to  sirbikealot

Wiggins? It’s the whole cabal. The whole ‘golden era’ plus the current crop are all in this. That Brailsford got off scot free and without any real further investigation is about as credible as Contador’s tainted beef excuse, or current performance of the upper echelons of the peleton generally.

Fig Ciocc
Fig Ciocc
7 months ago
Reply to  Oliver

Ohh well. Aside from being a boring winner who really cares if these guys take a little extra to add a little razzle dazzle for the fans? At the end of the day it’s show business.

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