UKAD announce no charges to be brought over Wiggins package

Paola Ditto
Novembre 15, 2017

UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said the investigation had been hampered by a lack of accurate medical records available at British Cycling and a statement from the body said it could be re-opened if new and material information should come to light.

UKAD confirmed that no anti-doping charges will be brought against either of the two cycling bodies. "It follows that UKAD does not intend to issue any anti-doping charges in relation to the package". This is a serious concern, ' she said.

Freeman claimed the package contained Fluimucil, with Wiggins recalling he had been treated with the substance. We note that UKAD have referred information arising from their investigation to the General Medical Council and we offer them our wholehearted cooperation. In their own statement, the GMC said: "UKAD have made us aware of these concerns and we are looking into these".

The UK Anti-Doping agency (UKAD) has closed its Team Sky "mystery package" investigation and will not be making any charges, it said on Wednesday.

UKAD can not punish British Cycling for a lack of medical records as this does not count as an anti-doping violation, but it said it would co-operate with any future inquiry by the General Medical Council, which regulates the conduct of doctors in Britain.

Team Sky released a statement in the wake of UKAD's announced saying they were "pleased" to see they had not been charged, adding that had always maintained "no wrongdoing".

Simon Cope, then head of the women's team at British Cycling, flew from Gatwick to Geneva and then drove into France to deliver the jiffy bag. In this case the matter was further complicated by the cross over between personnel at British Cycling and Team Sky.

It also emerged Dr Freeman, who has worked for both British Cycling and Team Sky out of a shared office and medical store at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, was meant to have uploaded his medical records to a shared file but had not done to.

"Since our inception as a new pro cycling team in 2010 we have continually strengthened our systems and processes so they best support our strong commitment to anti-doping".

"UKAD's findings represent an organisation and culture that, despite delivering on the world stage, did not meet the high standards that British Cycling today holds itself to", said British Cycling Chief Executive Officer Julie Harrington.

The multiple Olympic gold medallist, together with Sky, has always denied any wrongdoing but the Fancy Bears revelations led to a wider debate about whether the medical exemption process in cycling was being abused.

British Cycling has defended its link with Team Sky as 'a positive force for cycling in this country.' However Harrington accepted that 'The relationship between British Cycling and Team Sky developed rapidly and as a result, at times, resulted in the blurring of the boundaries between the two'.

She said nobody is now simultaneously employed by both organisations and they have their own practices for managing medical records.

Despite what are frustrations for many over the lack of clarity about what happened in the Wiggins case, Harrington concluded by saying that she wants to make sure that people can believe in British sport. "We are intent on ensuring that the integrity of our record keeping is never called into question again".

The UKAD investigation began previous year after sensational allegations that cycling legend Wiggins had been injected with a steroid which is banned for use in competition at the Criterium du Dauphine in June 2011.

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