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Former UK cycling document banned from medical work due to drug order

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) – The British medical authorities on Friday banned the former doctor of Team Sky, winner of the British Olympic և Tour de France program, after he was found to be covering up a drug order aimed at boosting cyclist performance.

Dr Richard Freeman was removed from the medical register by the British Medical Tribunal after he was deemed unfit to fulfill his order to make 30 sachets of testosterone gel at the Manchester Velodrome in 2011.

“In all circumstances, the tribunal ruled that Dr. Freeman’s actions would be considered dishonorable for members of the public to engage in internships,” the tribunal said. “The court held that Dr. Freeman’s conduct in relation to Testogel’s order constituted a long-standing pattern of very serious dishonesty.”

Freeman was suspended after working in the sport when the UK Anti-Doping Agency charged him with “possession of illicit substances” (or “possession of illicit methods” and “doping or attempting to control any doping control”).

Freeman suspended British cycling in 2017 before resigning after eight years with the organization, saying he was too ill to be disciplined for poor medical record.

He was a major cyclist at the time of the Olympics, when Britain won 12 medals at both the 2012 and 2016 Games, including eight gold medals in London and six gold medals in Rio de Janeiro.

During his time in British cycling, Freeman also played a role in Team Sky until 2015, which gave the British first-round champions France in 2012, when Bradley Wiggins won.

In 2019, Team Sky was renamed Ineos after the change of ownership of my satellite Ratcliffe, the satellite broadcaster, which is the chairman of the chemical giant.


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