A British rider’s urine sample from an out-of-competition test in 2010 allegedly contained irregular levels of a banned anabolic steroid; UKAD says trace amounts of ‘threshold substances’ can sometimes occur in the body naturally
Last Updated: 28/03/21 10:16am
The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) agency over claims it allowed British Cycling to carry out its own probe into a rider’s sample, which allegedly contained a banned anabolic steroid.
The claims in the Mail on Sunday come just over a week after British Cycling’s former chief doctor Richard Freeman was struck off the medical register, after a tribunal found he had ordered the banned steroid testosterone.
The UKAD agency has issued a statement in response to the allegations saying: “We are working with the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate claims relating to private testing carried out by British Cycling in 2011.
“UKAD is examining archives to confirm decisions that were taken in 2011 followed due process set by WADA.”
A British rider’s sample from an out-of-competition test in late 2010 was reported to have contained irregular levels of nandrolone.
Nandrolone is known as a “threshold substance”, where the amount found in a sample needs to be above certain thresholds to trigger action by an anti-doping organisation.
Rather than UKAD undertaking the investigation itself as dictated by the WADA Code, the agency alerted British Cycling, who conducted its own internal investigation, the reports said.
WADA said in a statement to the Daily Mail that it would contact UKAD for more details.
“Some of the information provided to WADA on this is of significant concern,” a WADA spokesperson said.
“We have asked our independent Intelligence and Investigations Department to look into this matter and to contact UKAD to seek further information.”
The UKAD spokesperson added: “Sometimes amounts of a ‘threshold substance’ can be reported by the laboratory in a negative sample which are found to be below the threshold where an investigation is required.
“These are trace amounts and can sometimes occur in the body naturally.
“The guidance from WADA is that these trace findings may be used to help to decide who gets tested and when in the future, but does not automatically lead to an investigation.”
Sky Sports News has approached British Cycling for comment.