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Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor ordered testosterone to improve performance, tribunal finds

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 15 March 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n711
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The former chief doctor for British Cycling and Team Sky, Richard Freeman, ordered banned testosterone “knowing or believing it was to be administered to an athlete to improve their athletic performance,” a medical practitioners tribunal has concluded.

Freeman was charged with ordering 30 sachets of the testosterone gel Testogel for an unnamed athlete in 2011. The gel is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances and methods.

He admitted 18 of 22 charges against him, including destroying a laptop with a screwdriver or blunt instrument before giving it to forensic experts who were conducting a doping …

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