Since confidential medical data relating to professional athletes was revealed in September by Russian hackers Fancy Bears, showing that sportsmen including Bradley Wiggins were allowed to use corticosteroid triamcinolone, British Cycling has been under intense scrutiny.
And now it’s being reported that UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) has paid a visit to the organisation’s headquarters in Manchester to investigate wrongdoings in the sport. While Wiggins and his team had applied for and were granted exemptions in order to use triamcinolone, the news sparked allegations of unethical behaviour because of the drug’s performance-enhancing reputation in the sport of cycling, the Daily Telegraph reports.
British Cycling has since released a statement, saying: “British Cycling can confirm there is an ongoing Ukad investigation with which we are co-operating fully."
And Team Sky said the organisation takes such issues seriously and will be cooperating with UKad completely in order to ensure the investigation takes place as quickly and thoroughly as it can, while Wiggins himself said he too welcomes the investigation.
There are actually ten anti-doping rule violations, including use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method, evading, refusing or failing to submit a sample, tampering or attempted tampering with doping control, trafficking or attempted trafficking of prohibited substances or methods, and associating with someone like a physio, doctor or coach who has been found guilty of a disciplinary or criminal offence relating to a doping violation.
If you’re looking to pursue a career as a professional sportsman or woman, you’d certainly be wise to familiarise yourself with the rules so you don’t get caught out and potentially jeopardise all your hard work.
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