Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman to admit he 'told a lot of lies' about ordering testosterone

Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman will tell a medical tribunal he 'told a lot of lies' and ordered the banned substance testosterone. He will say the 30 Testogel sachets were not for an athlete, but were ordered for medical reasons for former British Cycling and Team Sky coach Shane Sutton, who has denied the claim.

Agence France-Presse October 30, 2019 09:36:48 IST
Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman to admit he 'told a lot of lies' about ordering testosterone
  • Richard Freeman was charged with ordering testosterone at National Cycling Centre in 2011 to boost the performance of an unnamed rider.

  • Freeman will say the 30 Testogel sachets were not for an athlete, but were ordered for ex-British Cycling and Team Sky coach Shane Sutton.

  • Richard Freeman is facing 22 allegations in total, including administering testosterone, and making false statements.

London: Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman will tell a medical tribunal he "told a lot of lies" and ordered the banned substance testosterone.

Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman to admit he told a lot of lies about ordering testosterone

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Freeman was charged with ordering testosterone in 2011 to boost the performance of an unnamed rider.

He will say the 30 Testogel sachets were not for an athlete, but were ordered for medical reasons for former British Cycling and Team Sky coach Shane Sutton, who has denied the claim.

Freeman attended the preliminary discussions for the rescheduled independent medical tribunal, which will start on 5 November in Manchester.

British media outlets reported his QC Mary O'Rourke told the hearing he had previously "told a lot of lies and he couldn't bring himself to tell the truth, even to his lawyers", before submitting a witness statement last month that revealed the real story.

Following a General Medical Council investigation, Freeman was charged with ordering testosterone to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester in 2011 from Fit4Sport Limited.

He is facing 22 allegations in total, including administering testosterone, making false statements and asking the supplier to falsely claim the order had been sent in error.

Freeman resigned from British Cycling in 2017 because of ill health after eight years with the organisation.

He is expected to admit he made false statements in originally denying he made the order.

Testosterone use by athletes is banned under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

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