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Tribunal investigating allegations Freeman lied about testosterone delivery

14/01/2019 -

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Former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman will be facing serious questions when he faces the Medical Practitioners Tribunal next month. The pre-hearing disclosure by the tribunal listed for scrutiny numerous allegations of 'dishonesty' attributed to Dr Freeman.

Dr Freeman was working for both Team Sky and British Cycling at the National Cycling Centre in 2011 when a box from supplier Fit4Sport containing 30 sachets of Testogel (...) arrived.

The delivery of the banned substance came to light in 2017 after UKAD began its investigation into the programme, and at the time Dr Steve Peters, the former head of medicine at British Cycling, told the Sunday Timesthat he was told delivery was in error. "I was with a colleague when the order arrived and it was immediately brought to our attention. Dr Freeman, who was responsible for ordering medical supplies, explained that the order had never been placed and so must have been sent in error," Peters told the Sunday Times in 2017.

"He contacted the supplier by phone the same day and they confirmed this. I asked Dr Freeman to repack and return it to the supplier, and to make sure they provided written confirmation that it was sent in error and had been received."

That explanation will come under intense scrutiny starting on February 6, 2019, when the tribunal begins its hearing. It is understood that Dr Freeman denies the allegations.

The allegations listed for investigation in the pre-hearing disclosure included:

The tribunal will also look further into the medical records practices of Dr Freeman and whether he "inappropriately provided medical treatment that did not constitute first aid to non–athlete members of staff", that he "failed to maintain an adequate record management system", and that he failed to "ensure that the records on a laptop, which was stolen from him on the evening of 27 / 28 August 2014, could be retrieved".

According to Dr Freeman, the stolen laptop contained the records relating to the 'jiffy bag' delivery of medical supplies to Team Sky at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine (...).


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