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Sir Dave Brailsford to be questioned by MPs

Part of culture, media and sport select committee inquiry into doping in sport

Sir Dave Brailsford is to appear before the culture, media and sport select committee as part of its inquiry into doping in sport. The Team Sky principal is likely to face questions about the use and policing of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) and also regarding the medical package delivered to Team Sky just after Bradley Wiggins won the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.

Team Sky has come in for a great deal of criticism following the revelation that Wiggins was given injections of triamcinolone shortly before the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France and the 2013 Giro d’Italia.

Damian Collins, the chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee, told The Times: “Sir Dave Brailsford has been one of the most senior figures in British cycling over the last ten years and we thought it important to speak to him as part of our inquiry into how the sport has handled anti-doping issues and the ethics around TUEs. We are now talking to Team Sky about a date when he can come and speak to us.”

Last month it was announced that British Cycling bosses would answer the select committee’s questions on the same subjects. Chairman Bob Howden and George Gilbert, the head of the governing body’s ethics commission, will be interviewed on December 19.

The select committee will also speak to Sir Craig Reedie, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, on the same day.

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FatBoyW | 7 years ago

Gosh, reminiscent of specks and logs in eyes. Whilst the rights and wrongs of the TUE use will cause endless debate there is no case to answer.

But what of the wholesale cheating by certain countries and thereby all the athletes who used their drug testing facilities?

I am saddened that we worry about a tiny issue and forget all the fantastic work done by our main sporting body BC, and then What TS have achieved. Oh but let's obfuscate all the great fantastic legal succcess by questioning perfectly legal correctly applied medication.

more interested in how BC and CTT propose to stamp out the cheating at amateur levels of the sport and how the LVRC propose an economic TUE process for all their competitors!

Our MPs should be doing more useful work and stop believing crap hype - why are they cowtowing to Russian interventions (I understand the hackers are from there), go after the law breakers not the pose keeping to the rules. If you don't like the rules then get them changed, meanwhile do not castigate people for following them.

Critchio | 7 years ago

This is a blow for TS in my humble opinion. Using a TUE drug only for its secondary effects over and above the treatment of the athletes medical conditions is just plain wrong. They may not have technically broken the rules but they have gone way beyond what is acceptable.

I've said it before, it is almost as if athletes that have no medical conditions or minor illnesses are at a clear disadvantage because they cannot use TUE drugs where the secondary effect is a small boost in performance. Disgusting.

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