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Combatting doping in sport: British Cycling and WADA questioned

19 December 2016

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee holds two evidence sessions with Team Sky, British Cycling and WADA as part of its wider inquiry into combatting doping in sport that has also so far looked at British athletics.


Monday 19 December 2016, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 11.15am

  • Mr Robert (Bob) Howden OBE, President and Chair, British Cycling
  • Dr George Gilbert, British Cycling board director and Chair of the British  Cycling Ethics Commission
  • Shane Sutton (at approx. midday)
  • Sir David Brailsford (at approx. 12.30pm)

At 3.00pm

  • Sir Craig Reedie, President, and Olivier Niggli, Director General, World Anti-Doping Agency

Session background

In September this year Russian hackers leaked medical records for Sir Bradley Wiggins, sparking a UK Anti-Doping investigation into drug use in the Team Sky British cycling team.

Wiggins faced wide criticism for applying for Therapeutic Use Exemptions — an exemption allowing an athlete to take an otherwise banned substance for a medical condition — for a corticosteroid used in the treatment of asthma and allergies, before three Grand Tour races, including the 2012 Tour he won to make British sporting history. Sir Bradley and Team Sky have consistently denied any wrongdoing and the UKAD investigation is expected to report shortly.

Chair's comment

Damian Collins MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

"It is important that sports follow the letter and spirit of the anti-doping code. We want to understand more about the ethics of the use of TUE's and the way Team Sky and British Cycling police the anti-doping rules.

We will also be questioning Sir Craig Reedie about the resources available to WADA to monitor doping abuse around the world, and in particular in sports like cycling and athletics. We are keen to understand more from WADA about their investigation into doping in Russia, the involvement and support of the Russian government for this, the progress he feels Russia still needs to make, and the role of international sporting organisations like the IOC, IAAF and the UCI, in promoting and safeguarding clean sport."

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