No charges against Sky after doping probe

British Cycling vows to restore trust after UK Anti-Doping's Bradley Wiggins jiffy bag investigation ends with no charges

British Cycling vows to restore trust after UK Anti-Doping's Bradley Wiggins jiffy bag investigation ends with no charges

British Cycling and Team Sky have issued a statements in reaction to the news that UK Anti-Doping will not be bringing charges in relation to its investigation into the mystery package delivered to Sky during the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.

Sir Dave Brailsford, the general manager of Team Sky, British Cycling, and the doctor who ordered the package, Richard Freeman, have all insisted it contained fluimucil, a legal treatment for respiratory problems.

"Due to the lack of contemporaneous evidence, UKAD has been unable to definitively confirm the contents of the package", the body said on Wednesday. "The significant likelihood is that it is now impossible to do so".

'UKAD's findings represent an organisation and culture that, despite delivering on the world stage, did not meet the high standards that British Cycling today holds itself to, ' said British Cycling chief executive officer Julie Harrington.

'As part of their conditions to receive public funding from UK Sport and other Home Country Sports Councils, all sports governing bodies must comply with the UK National Anti-Doping Policy'.

Despite interviewing 37 current and former staff at British Cycling and Team Sky, UKAD has been unable to prove or disprove Dr Freeman's claim and is now closing the case unless new evidence comes to light.

However the tone of the statement contrasts with the frustration expressed by UKAD Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead.

"Finally, we have referred some information to the General Medical Council (GMC), and will cooperate with the GMC as necessary in respect of that information".

It also emerged Dr Freeman, who has worked for both British Cycling and Team Sky out of a shared office and medical store at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, was meant to have uploaded his medical records to a shared file but had not done to.

"British Cycling have implemented a number of significant changes to the management of our medical services to the Great Britain Cycling Team following a review instigated in March by chair Jonathan Browning, shortly after his appointment. We welcome UKAD's support for these changes". However we accept that the relationship between British Cycling and Team Sky developed rapidly and as a result, at times, resulted in the blurring of the boundaries between the two.

A statement from Team Sky said: "UK Anti-Doping has today confirmed that it does not intend to bring forward any anti-doping charges in relation to its investigation into issues around the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine".

Team Sky released a statement in the wake of UKAD's announced saying they were "pleased" to see they had not been charged, adding that had always maintained "no wrongdoing".

The multiple Olympic gold medallist, together with Sky, has always denied any wrongdoing but the Fancy Bears revelations led to a wider debate about whether the medical exemption process in cycling was being abused.

"Since our inception as a new pro cycling team in 2010 we have continually strengthened our systems and processes so they best support our strong commitment to anti-doping".

She said nobody is now simultaneously employed by both organisations and they have their own practices for managing medical records.

"My focus now is on ensuring that we can give athletes and the public the reassurance they need to believe in our ability to win clean on the biggest global stages because of the systems and controls we have put in place", she said.

"We are intent on ensuring that the integrity of our record-keeping is never called into question again", she added.

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