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13th September 2015
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) has confirmed that a tribunal will reconvene to hear a medical malpractice hearing against Dr. Richard Freeman from 28 October to 20 December. The former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor will answer allegations that he ordered Testogel to administer to athletes; inappropriately provided medical treatment to non-athlete members of staff; and failed to keep an adequate records system.
The MPTS began its hearing into allegations of malpractice on 5 February, however Dr. Freeman failed to appear and his legal representatives called for an adjournment, which was granted on 5 March. Ahead of the February MPTS hearing, BBC Sport obtained an email exchange between Dr. Freeman and a medical supply company. The 18 October 2011 email was sent five months after Dr. Freeman ordered 30 sachets of Testogel on 16 May 2011 from Fit4Sport Limited to delivery to the Manchester Velodrome. It is alleged that on 18 May 2011, Dr. Freeman made false statements denying ordering Testogel, advising Team Sky’s Dr. Steve Peters that the order had been made in error.
The full details of the allegations against Dr. Freeman are set out in this article. Many of them stem from a single, anonymous, witness who provided information to the Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee of the UK Parliament, for its Combatting Doping in Sport Report.
That Report, which was published under the protection of Parliamentary Privilege, was only able to conclude that it ‘believed’ that British Cycling and Team Sky had abused the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system in order to improve the performance of key athletes.
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