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Medical tribunal into former Team Sky doctor to resume in October

Joe Robinson
8 Jul 2020

Dr Freeman's medical tribunal originally adjourned for 10 months on medical grounds

The long-delayed medical tribunal into former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman will resume on 6th October.

The General Medical Council alleges that Freeman ordered banned substance testosterone to British Cycling headquarters in May 2011 with the knowledge that it was for an athlete.

The former team doctor does admit to having ordered the substance but denies the allegation that he did so for use by an athlete.

Instead, Freeman claims he was bullied by former British Cycling and Team Sky coach Shane Sutton into ordering 30 sachets of Testogel to treat the latter's erectile dysfunction.

This claim has been vehemently denied by Sutton, so much so that the Australian walked out of the tribunal hearing last year after a heated exchange with Freeman's legal counsel.

After lengthy delays to begin the tribunal related to Freeman's health at the time, the hearing was eventually adjourned in December, again on medical grounds, but now looks set to begin again, some 10 months after the adjournment.

Freeman has already admitted to 18 of the General Medical Council's 22 charges. If Freeman is found by the tribunal to have supplied testosterone to an athlete, he could face anti-doping charges.