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by Shane Stokes

December 22, 2017

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UKAD turns down freedom of information request relating to Wiggins jiffy bag affair

by Shane Stokes

A freedom of information request from the British newspaper which broke the news of the mysterious ‘jiffy bag’ package delivered to Bradley Wiggins has been turned down, meaning that crucial letters will not be released.

The Daily Mail had lodged a request for UKAD to turn over letters sent to both Team Sky and British Cycling after the conclusion last month of their investigation into the jiffy bag affair. However UKAD has rejected this, explaining the decision in a five-page letter.

“UKAD has concluded that the information you have requested is exempt from disclosure,” it said. “’Disclosure would (or at the very least, would be likely to) prejudice the exercise of UKAD’s functions.”

It also stated that there “is a stronger public interest in the need to protect UKAD’s ability to investigate and prosecute improper conduct.”

UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead was strongly critical of both Team Sky and British Cycling over the matter, including their response to requests for information. “Our investigation was hampered by a lack of accurate medical records being available at British Cycling,” she said, referring in part to the claimed theft of a laptop from Dr Richard Freeman which apparently contained records he had failed to upload to Team Sky’s dropbox system.

Click through to read the full story at the Daily Mail.

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