Uk Sport de­nies seek­ing to win Olympic medals at all costs

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UK Sport has de­nied seek­ing to win Olympic medals at any cost fol­low­ing reve­la­tions it se­cretly spent hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds on test­ing an ex­per­i­men­tal sub­stance on 91 elite ath­letes be­fore Lon­don 2012.

The sub­stance, a syn­thetic ver­sion of a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring body acid called ke­tones de­vel­oped by re­searchers at Ox­ford Univer­sity with a $10m grant from the US mil­i­tary, led to 28 of the ath­letes hav­ing symp­toms from gas­troen­teri­tis to vom­it­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Mail on Sun­day.

The story, which has raised fresh ques­tions about the ex­ces­sive med­i­cal­i­sa­tion of Bri­tish sport in the wake of Bradley Wig­gins’ ther­a­peu­tic use exemptions and Mo Farah tak­ing L-Car­ni­tine be­fore the 2014 Lon­don marathon, also noted that UK Sport pre­pared waivers free­ing them­selves of any blame if any­thing went wrong. The ath­letes also had to sign a non-dis­clo­sure agree­ment be­fore par­tic­i­pat­ing in the trial.

In a state­ment, UK Sport in­sisted it did not fund re­search projects “aimed at giv­ing our na­tional teams a per­for­mance ad­van­tage at the ex­pense of ath­lete wel­fare”. – Guardian

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