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by Dane Cash
July 8, 2020
As the Telegraph reports, the medical tribunal assessing whether former British Cycling and Sky doctor Richard Freeman is fit to practice medicine will resume on October 6.
The tribunal last met in December of last year, but has been adjourned and delayed multiple times due to Freeman’s mental health struggles as well as scheduling conflicts.
Freeman faces a number of accusations surrounding an order of testosterone delivered to British Cycling headquarters in 2011. He has admitted to some of the charges levied by the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council but has denied others, including the accusation that he ordered the drug “knowing or believing” that it was for an athlete.
In prior meetings of the tribunal, Freeman’s defense team has contended that Shane Sutton, formerly a trainer with both British Cycling and Sky, “bullied” him into acquiring the testosterone to treat erectile dysfunction.
Sutton denied those claims in an appearance at the tribunal last year that ultimately saw him walk out of the meeting after tense exchanges with Freeman’s attorney. The hearings were initially scheduled to continue throughout the month of December of 2019, but they were ultimately adjourned on medical grounds. On Tuesday, it was announced that they would reconvene in three months, some 10 months after that adjournment.
Depending on the outcome of the tribunal, Freeman could face anti-doping charges.