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13th September 2015
The Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee of the UK Parliament is to question Dan Stevens, Jonathan Calvert and David Kenworthy tomorrow as part of its ongoing inquiry into blood doping in athletics. Dan Stevens is a former professional cyclist that collaborated with the Sunday Times Insight team – led by Calvert – on its investigation into Dr. Mark Bonar, who claimed to have supplied prohibited substances to over 150 athletes. Kenworthy is the Chairman of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), which said that it had ‘no other intelligence to corroborate’ Stevens’ allegations.
Stevens was initially sanctioned with a two-year ban from 1 March 2014 by UKAD on 12 March 2014 for refusing to provide a sample. UKAD later complied with a request of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) to reduce his sanction to 21 months for assisting with its inquiries. However, Stevens appealed, and the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) brokered an agreement between the two that Stevens’ ban should end on 1 November 2015.
Stevens, Calvert and Kenworthy will be interviewed at 10:15am tomorrow in the Thatcher Room at Portcullis House, opposite the House of Commons. Members of the public are free to attend the session, which will be broadcast live on Parliament TV. It will also be covered live by The Sports Integrity Initiative.
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