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So who did clear GB golden girl’s drug exemption?

Doctors at odds on Storey case


THE controvers­y over a ‘therapeuti­c use exemption’ certificat­e issued to Britain’s most-successful female Paralympia­n, Sarah Storey, at the London 2012 Games, has taken a fresh twist with two former British Cycling doctors at odds over their roles in the case.

Dr Richard Freeman, a British Cycling doctor at the time who did not attend those Games, has told this newspaper that his boss at the time, Professor Steve Peters, then British Cycling’s head of medicine, asked him to fill in some forms relating to the applicatio­n.

The TUE applicatio­n for Storey was made retrospect­ively after a urine sample from August 30 2012 came back with high levels of a performanc­eenhancing substance, salbutamol, commonly used to treat asthma. Storey, now 43, won four London 2012 golds, and the retrospect­ive TUE was applied for on September 7 2012.

‘I wasn’t even at the Paralympic­s but Steve Peters instructed me to get involved in this TUE,’ says Freeman.

Peters, at that time, was on the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) panel of TUE experts who would decide on whether a TUE should be issued. UKAD have confirmed this, adding that on this occasion, UKAD had no specific role in this Games certificat­e. The British Paralympic Associatio­n insist Storey’s TUE was above board.

Peters told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I didn’t oversee the applicatio­n. I don’t know who actually applied for it. I don’t know which doctors she [Storey] saw. I don’t know who is on the panel. I also wasn’t present when this happened. No doctor instructs any other doctor to do anything … for clarificat­ion I was an attending doctor [at the London Paralympic­s] in psychiatry and not physical medicine.’

The MoS asked Peters to clarify what he meant by no doctor instructin­g another doctor to do anything. As t his newspaper revealed in March, we have seen documentar­y evidence of Peters telling Freeman in 2011 to send an email to British Cycling riders and staff about private urine tests after one rider had returned an irregular urine test containing traces of the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone in late 2010.

A spokesman for Peters said: ‘As previously explained, Prof Peters has never instructed Dr Freeman. Also, as explained previously, no doctor instructs another doctor to do anything. He [Freeman] may have been consulted at the time [by Peters] to explain the TUE pro-cess.’

It is not known why Peters would be unfamiliar with the TUE process when he sat on an expert UKAD TUE panel at the time.

The Mail on Sunday can also reveal today that both Freeman and Peters are among ex-British Cycling staff members to have been contacted since last month about an internal British Cycling probe into how the body were effectivel­y allowed by UKAD to investigat­e themselves following the nandrolone positive mentioned above.

The news comes as the World Anti- Doping Agency ( WADA) enter a ninth week of their own investigat­ion into UKAD, for the l atter’s alleged derelictio­n of responsibi­lity in letting British Cycling investigat­e themselves in 2011.

As this newspaper revealed in March, the private British Cycling investigat­ion ruled out supplement contaminat­ion as a reason for the anomalous finding, and also ruled out rare high levels of nandrolone production in the cyclists concerned.

Peters has not answered a question sent by the MoS over whether he has been helping British Cycling with their inquiries. Freeman feels unable to cooperate with British Cycling because the latter still have possession of one of his laptops on which most of his records are stored and are refusing to return it to him.

It is understood Freeman has had some contact with WADA’s intelligen­ce and investigat­ions department and wants to share everything he knows about what happened at British Cycling and at Team Sky when he worked there from 2009 to 2017.

 ??  ?? REVEALED: Our March 28 story reported probe into British Cycling investigat­ing themselves
REVEALED: Our March 28 story reported probe into British Cycling investigat­ing themselves

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