Further doubt is being cast over some of the medals won at London 2012 following allegations published in The Mail on Sunday.
- The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating British cycling and the UK Anti-Doping Agency, which could cast further doubt on medals that were won in 2012. Let's speak to our Sports Correspondent Martha Kelner about all of this. Martha, how big a blow is this for British cycling?
MARTHA KELNER: Yes, potentially huge news. That news revealed this evening that the UK Anti-Doping Agency, the national governing body which is supposed to protect the integrity of British sport, is now under investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency. And this all relates to a probe which took place back in 2010 by British cycling.
British cycling has long been known as the metal factory of British sport. They won eight gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics. But now, further doubt is being cast upon those medals won back in 2012, because in the lead up to that Olympics in late 2010, one riders sample tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone. This is all according to a Mail on Sunday investigation, which is going in their paper tomorrow morning.
A British rider's urine sample for that period contained irregular levels of nandrolone, a banned anabolic steroid. Now, the problem arises in that an investigation took place, not by the UK Anti-Doping Agency. Remarkably, it was conducted by British Cycling themselves. And that is what the world anti-doping agency this evening has announced that they're investigating.
A WADA spokesperson said, "Some of the information provided to them on this matter is of significant concern. We have asked our independent intelligence and investigations department to look into this matter and to contact LICAD to seek further information."
It's particularly damaging timing, coming barely a week after the former British Cycling and Team Sky medic Doctor Richard Freeman was struck off by the General Medical Council because he was found to have ordered the banned steroid testosterone to the National Cycling Center in 2011, knowing or believing it was for performance enhancing benefit. [INAUDIBLE], a hugely damaging time for British cycling continues.
- Martha, thank you.