Britain’s anti-doping has been formally investigated by the World Anti-Doping Agency for allowing British Cycling to conduct its own investigation of one of its riders ahead of the London Olympics in 2012, according to reports.
In 2011, it is understood that Ukad let British Cycling try to research a potential dope after a British rider was tested out of competition and his urine was found to contain an unusual amount of the banned steroid nandrolone, according to reports in the Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday. But British Cycling’s findings were never made public and Ukad admits she has “no record” of what happened. The AMA code obliges Ukad – and not a governing body such as British Cycling – to undertake such investigations.
“We have asked our independent intelligence and investigation service to look further into this matter and to contact Ukad for further information,” said a spokesperson for Wada. Mail on Sunday.
“Under Article 20.5.6 of the 2009 Code, National Anti-Doping Organizations had an obligation to vigorously prosecute all potential anti-doping rule violations in their jurisdiction, including by investigating whether personnel Coaching of athletes or other people may have been involved in a doping case. The material you have provided is of great concern to Wada. “
Regarding Ukad allowing British Cycling to test urine for nandrolone, the spokesperson for Wada said: “The rules for the specific activities of national governing bodies are up to Ukad. However, all these NGBs are placed under the auspices of the relevant signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code and are therefore bound by its terms.
“Article 6.1 of the code states that for the purpose of establishing the presence of a prohibited substance, samples will only be analyzed in laboratories accredited by WADA.
“Any allegation that an NGB may test their athletes in private, in an unaccredited laboratory, for the purpose of testing for a prohibited substance should be fully investigated.”
A spokesperson for Ukad said: “We cannot confirm or comment on test missions or individual results.
Ukad was happy to explain that sometimes “threshold substances” are reported as negative but are below the level at which investigation is needed and can occur naturally in the body. “We work as part of Wada and are always happy to work with them if they need more information from us.”