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Ex-GB and Team Sky doctor Freeman to admit ordering testosterone at medical tribunal

Joe Robinson
29 Oct 2019

Former Team Sky doctor will also confess to telling a 'lot of lies' at the hearing

It is expected that former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman will admit to ordering banned substance testosterone and that he told a 'lot of lies' during his medical tribunal.

Freeman attended the first day of his rescheduled tribunal with the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester on Tuesday having missed the initial day citing health reasons.

Freeman's legal representative Mary O'Rourke QC told the tribunal that her client would admit to ordering 30 patches of Testogel to the Manchester Velodrome in 2011.

However, he will deny that the order of the banned substance from Fit4Sport was due to be administered to an athlete.

Freeman will also admit to having told lies in his initial hearings including the claim he emailed Fit4Sport after having received the testosterone to inform them that the delivery had been made in error, returned and that it would be destroyed by the company.

Speaking on behalf of her client, O'Rouke said how Freeman could 'not bring himself to tell the truth, even to his lawyers' until recently.

It was also confirmed by Times journalist Matt Lawton that Freeman would be screened from the media when giving evidence and screened from former GB coach Shane Sutton when he is cross-examined.

The tribunal is currently investigating claims that Freeman ordered testosterone to British Cycling in order for it to be administered to athletes.

He is also accused of providing medical treatment to non-athlete members of staff and allegedly failing to inform patients' GPs of medication he has prescribed.

Freeman is also being accused of inadequate record-keeping after confidential records were lost on a laptop that was stolen from him in Greece in August 2014.

The tribunal will continue until 20th December with the hearing expected to resume on Monday 4th November.