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