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  • the former chief doctor for British cycling and team Sky, has been found guilty of ordering a banned performance enhancing drug, knowing or believing it would be used to dope a rider.

  • The charges against Richard Freeman date back to 2011 a year before the London Olympics.

  • The British cycling team enjoyed huge success during his time as the sports top medic.

  • He admitted 18 out of 22 charges at a medical tribunal are.

  • Sports editor Dan Rowan has more.

  • For the past decade, British cycling's enjoyed unprecedented success, dominating on both the road and track.

  • For much of that time, Richard Freeman was the sports top doctor.

  • But two years after his medical tribunal began, today came the verdict cycling had dreaded.

  • The panel said he had ordered testosterone, the sports doping drug of choice, his conduct incapable of innocent explanation.

  • And it was clear that when Dr Freeman placed the order, he knew or believed it was to be administered to an athlete to improve their athletic performance.

  • Big question is, who was a testosterone?

  • Which rider was it ordered for its seriously damaging?

  • I'm not sure how pretty psyched in in the sport can recover the reputation of the sport in terms of management and government is in tatters.

  • The saga began in 2011 when Freeman ordered tested gel from a local supplier to the sports HQ.

  • Six years later, having already left Team Sky, the medic resigned from British cycling.

  • In 2019, he admitted to 18 GMC charges, including initially lying to UK anti doping, and last month he was charged by the agency with two anti doping rule violations.

  • Freeman told the tribunal he ordered the drug to treat the erectile dysfunction of this man, former British cycling technical director Shane Sutton, who denied the claim.

  • I just think it casts a shadow over, you know, great athletes and you know there's not many I'll stick my hand in the fire for But you know, all these guys I worked with, you know, I maintain that you know that under browse could we run the cleanest program in the world and it just saddens me to think that this is now going to be an ongoing investigation.

  • Back in 2018, Freeman told me he'd clear his name.

  • I can clear everything up, but at the moment I am I under investigation about my medicines management policy by the General Medical Council and therefore I'm not at liberty at the present time due to respect for them not to talk about no wrongdoing, no wrongdoing.

  • But today, a man who for years worked closely with some of the biggest names in British sport, Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and team boss Sir Dave Brailsford among them was told his explanation was implausible.

  • British Cycling said today's seismic verdict was extremely disturbing but insisted that they had reformed since the days when Freeman worked here.

  • But this is the gravest blow to date to the reputation of one of the country's most successful and best funded Olympic sport and it leaves a series of unanswered questions which rider was involved and who else knew today.

  • Brailsford team Ineos, which replaced Team Sky two years ago, said it didn't believe any athlete ever used or sought to use the testosterone.

  • But the sports attempt to move on from this scandal just got harder.

the former chief doctor for British cycling and team Sky, has been found guilty of ordering a banned performance enhancing drug, knowing or believing it would be used to dope a rider.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/13
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