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by Shane Stokes
January 13, 2018
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Although UK Anti-Doping previously refused a freedom of information request from the BBC and others to provide the correspondence relating to the Bradley Wiggins ‘Jiffy Bag’ affair, letters between UKAD and British Cycling have emerged and show a high degree of criticism aimed at the governing body. “Despite being aware of allegations in relation to the 2011 [Wiggins] package, British Cycling were slow to inform UKAD of these,” states UKAD’s Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead in a letter dated November 17, two days after UKAD said it was ending the Wiggins investigation, and released by the BBC on Friday.
“In fact, contact on this matter was made at UKAD instigation. Contact by British Cycling with some members of staff at British Cycling prior to informing UKAD could have potentially compromised our investigation. Under the UK National Anti-Doping policy by which British Cycling is bound, there is an obligation on an NGB (national governing body) of a sport to report any suspicions or allegations of doping.
“Failure to inform UKAD at the time that individuals within British Cycling became aware of such suspicions or allegations meant that this story had already reached a number of individuals before UKAD was informed, and thus able to act. That only hindered our efforts. We would suggest that all revenant staff are reminded of their obligations.”
Although the UKAD tone is measured, it is clear that the agency is not happy with British Cycling, and believes it is possible that any proper investigation of Wiggins, British Cycling and Team Sky over the delivery across borders of a mysterious package in June 2011 was hampered.
When it announced the end of its investigation in November, UKAD said publicly that despite “very significant effort” on its part, it was “unable to confirm or refute the account that the package delivered to Team Sky contained Fluimucil.”
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