UK Sport urged to lift gag on 2012 Olympians over se­cret drink

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Ben Rumsby

MPs want UK Sport to stop gag­ging Great Bri­tain’s 2012 Olympians from talk­ing about be­ing given a se­cre­tive per­for­mance-boost­ing drink in the build-up to the Games that left some of them feel­ing sick.

It emerged over the week­end that Bri­tish medal hope­fuls had been en­rolled in a study in which they were fed “ke­tones”, a syn­thetic ver­sion of a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring body acid, de­vel­oped to help make US spe­cial forces per­son­nel more re­silient be­hind en­emy lines.

Those who did so were asked to sign non-dis­clo­sure agree­ments and waivers ab­solv­ing UK Sport, the tax­payer-funded agency that over­saw the ex­per­i­ment, from re­spon­si­bil­ity for any side-ef­fects from the drink or if the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency was later to deem it il­le­gal.

The rev­e­la­tion has left UK Sport ac­cused of fail­ing in its duty of care to ath­letes com­pet­ing at Lon­don 2012 and MPs now want it to re­lease them from their NDAs so they are able to come for­ward.

Ali­son McGovern, the shadow sports min­is­ter, said: “Ath­letes should have the right to speak out about their ex­pe­ri­ences and voice any con­cerns about this ex­per­i­ment un­der­taken un­der the lead­er­ship of UK Sport.”

Ju­lian Knight, the chair­man of

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