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A British rider’s urine sample from an out-of-competition trial in 2010 reported high levels of banned anabolic steroid levels; UKAD states that the detection of ‘threshold products’ in the body can occur naturally

Last updated: 28/03/21 10:16 am

The World Anti-Doping Organization is investigating the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) over claims that allowed British Cycling to make their own probe in a rider sample, which claimed to contain a banned anabolic steroid.

The claims are in the Post on Sunday comes just over a week after British Cycling senior doctor Richard Freeman was removed from the medical register, after a tribunal found he had been prescribed the banned steroid testosterone.

The UKAD has issued a statement in response to the allegations, saying: “We are working with the World Anti-Doping Organization to investigate claims relating to private trials carried out by British Cycling in 2011.

“UKAD examines archives to verify decisions made in 2011 following an appropriate process laid down by WADA.”

Irregular levels of nandrolone were reported in a British rider sample from an out-of-competition test in late 2010.

Nandrolone are also known as “threshold drugs”, where the amount found in a sample must be above certain levels to stimulate anti-whipping action.

Instead of UKAD conducting its own audit as required by the WADA Code, the group warned British Cycling, which conducted its own internal audit, the reports said.

WADA said in a statement to the Daily mail that he contact UKAD for more information.

Former British Cycling and Sky Team chief doctor Richard Freeman has been permanently removed from the medical register

Former British Cycling and Sky Team chief doctor Richard Freeman has been permanently removed from the medical register

“Some of the information provided to WADA about this is of great concern,” a WADA spokesperson said.

“We have asked our independent Information and Investigation Department to investigate this matter and contact UKAD to seek further information. “

A UKAD spokesperson said: “Sometimes the laboratory reports amounts of ‘threshold content’ in a negative sample that are found to be below the level where a study is required.

“These are trace amounts and can sometimes occur in the body naturally.

“The guidance from WADA is that these discovery findings can be used to help determine who will be diagnosed and when in the future, but do not automatically lead to an investigation.”

Sky Sports News has spoken to British Cycling for comments.