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Former Team Sky doctor Freeman found guilty of ordering testosterone for athlete

Joe Robinson
12 Mar 2021

Medical tribunal finds that Dr Freeman ordered the banned substance 'knowing or believing' it would be used for athlete

Former Team Sky and British Cycling team doctor has been found guilty of ordering banned substance testosterone while 'knowing or believing' it would be used to enhance the performance of an athlete.

Dr Freeman had been at the centre of a long-running Medical Practitioners tribunal that was dealing with 22 charges brought forward by the General Medical Council, including the allegation he ordered of 30 sachets of testosterone to the Manchester Velodrome in 2011 with the intention of use for an athlete. 

On Friday morning, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service released its verdict, finding that Freeman 'placed the Order and obtained the Testogel' from sport supplement company Fit4Sport 'knowing or believing it was to be administered to an athlete to improve their athletic performance'.

As reported by Guardian sports writer Sean Ingle, the tribunal chair went on to tell Freeman that 'the tribunal had found that you, Dr Freeman placed the order, and obtained the Testogel, knowing or believing it was to be administered to an athlete to improve their athletic performance. The motive ... was to conceal a conduct.'