British Dr Alleges He Doped one hundred fifty Athletes: Report

Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 5:10 PM

The Sun Times (paywall) reported that Doctor Label Bonar prescribed banned drugs to one hundred fifty sports figures including several Premier League footballers.

LONDON — The British government has ordered an inquiry into the way the country'south anti-doping agency handled allegations that a British Dr prescribed banned performance-enhancing drugs to leading sports people.

The Sun Times (paywall) reported that Doctor Tag Bonar prescribed banned drugs to one hundred fifty sports figures including several Premier League footballers.

The paper said Dr. Bonar claimed his "clients" included an England cricketer, British Tour de France cyclists, a British boxing champion, tennis players and martial arts competitors as well as footballers.

In the past six years he'd treated more than one hundred fifty sportsmen from the UK and overseas with banned substances such as erythropoietin (EPO), steroids and human growth hormone, and the performance improvements were "phenomenal," the report added.

The Sun Times said that during a series of meetings with undercover reporters, Bonar had spoken about people he'd treated. The newspaper also sent a sportsman to Bonar'south clinic, who recorded his appointments with a hidden camera.

Neither the newspaper nor Reuters was able to substantiate the claims made by the doctor.

Premier League soccer clubs Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City as well as second tier club Birmingham City issued statements on Sun denying the allegations made by the newspaper.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), Britain'south anti-doping agency, said it was "deeply concerned and shocked" by the Sun Times report.

UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said the body had been alert of allegations against Bonar after a sportsperson approached them two years ago but hadn't been able to act upon them because he wasn't affiliated to any specific sport.

"Under current legislation, UKAD has the power only to inquire into athletes and entourage (including medics) who are themselves governed by a sport," she said.

UKAD had considered informing the Common Medical Council, which overseas medical practitioners in Britain, but decided the proof they'd was insufficient for such a referral, Sapstead added.

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale said in a statement that the government had ordered an inquiry into UKAD'south handling of the allegations against Doctor Bonar and were looking at whether existing legislation goes distant enough.

"I have asked for there to be an urgent independent investigation into what action was taken when these allegations were first received and what more needs to be done to ensure that British sport remains clean," Whittingdale said.

UKAD Chairman David Kenworthy said an independent review would be conducted into the issues raised by the report.

"They will be asked to see at the way the information supplied by the sportsperson was handled and whether proper procedures were followed," he said.

"They will also be asked to create any recommendations to make better the way in which intelligence is dealt with in the future so that UKAD can be as effective as possible in keeping sport clean."

Arsenal said they were "extremely disappointed" by the publication of the claims which it said were "without foundation," while Leicester City denied the allegations which they described as "unsubstantiated."

Chelsea said they'd "never used the services of Dr. Bonar and have number information or record of any of our players having been treated by him or using his services."

The news is likely to cast a further shadow on the sporting world ahead of the Rio Olympics.

Russia was suspended from international track and field latest year following a report exposing widespread cheating and corruption among its athletes.

The country faces a ban from the Olympics unless Russia can prove to the World Anti-Doping Agency and the IAAF governing body that it's met a series of conditions regarding its anti-doping operations.

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