Ex-British cycling doc faces hearing over testosterone order
LONDON (AP) — The former doctor of Team Sky and British Cycling will face a medical hearing on allegations he covered up an order of testosterone which was intended to help an athlete.
Richard Freeman’s actions have been at the center of a British parliamentary investigation into doping in sport and he is now accused by the General Medical Council of getting 30 sachets of Testogel “to administer to an athlete to improve their athletic performance.”
Details published by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service ahead of an upcoming hearing say Freeman is accused of making “untrue statements, in that he denied making the order and advised that it had been made in error” in 2011. Freeman is said to have asked a company to provide confirmation that the Testogel order was sent in error and returned “knowing that this had not taken place.”
The tribunal will examine allegations Freeman misled the U.K. Anti-Doping Agency in a 2017 interview by insisting the Testogel had not been ordered for an athlete at the Manchester velodrome where both Team Sky and British Cycling were based at the time in 2011.
The tribunal is listed as being between Feb. 6 and March 5.
Freeman was suspended by British Cycling in 2017 and resigned after saying he was too ill to face disciplinary action for poor medical record-keeping.
“British Cycling suspended Dr Richard Freeman in March 2017 and subsequently initiated an investigation into his conduct as an employee of the federation.
“British Cycling has raised concerns relating to Dr Freeman’s fitness to practice with the General Medical Council and has continued to support the GMC’s investigation, in which the federation is a co-referrer,” the governing body said.
Freeman has previously denied wrongdoing.