Wiggo was given le­gal medicine

New Straits Times - - Sport -

The doc­tor at the cen­tre of a dop­ing rules row in­volv­ing Bri­tish cy­cling great Bradley Wig­gins has in­sisted he gave the mul­ti­ple Olympic cham­pion a le­gal de­con­ges­tant.

UK Anti-Dop­ing is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing just ex­actly what was in the con­tents of a now in­fa­mous ‘jiffy bag’ sent to Dr Richard Free­man at the end of the 2011 Cri­terium du Dauphine race in France amid sug­ges­tions it could have con­tained a banned sub­stance.

Richard Free­man, the then Team Sky doc­tor, has said the pack­age con­tained the le­gal de­con­ges­tant Fluimu­cil.

Free­man had been due to ap­pear be­fore a com­mit­tee of Bri­tish law­mak­ers on March 1 but was too ill to at­tend.

In that hear­ing Nicole Sap­stead, the head of United King­dom Anti-Dop­ing, said it was im­pos­si­ble for her to be cer­tain about the con­tents of the pack­age as Free­man had told her the rel­e­vant med­i­cal records had dis­ap­peared when his lap­top was stolen while on hol­i­day in Greece in 2014.

It has been al­leged that the pack­age con­tained the banned cor­ti­cos­teroid tri­am­ci­nolone.

Free­man was due to ap­pear be­fore the same com­mit­tee of MPs on that date but with­drew, cit­ing ill health.

How­ever, the House of Com­mons Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport Com­mit­tee has now pub­lished a let­ter it re­ceived from Free­man in which he said the pack­age con­tained “only Fluimu­cil.”

Free­man said the Fluimu­cil was for use in a neb­u­liser and that many doc­tors be­lieve it to be “help­ful in man­ag­ing stage rid­ers, who... are prone to chesti­ness and ex­cess res­pi­ra­tory mu­cus pro­duc­tion” be­cause of the de­mands of elite-level cy­cling.

Team Sky, Wig­gins and Free­man have all re­peat­edly de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

Last week five-time Olympic gold medal­list Wig­gins promised to “shock a few peo­ple” when he fi­nally com­ments on the case af­ter the UKAD in­quiry is com­plete. AFP

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