Uk Sport denies seeking to win Olympic medals at all costs
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