UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said it would launch an independent investigation after the culture secretary, John Whittingdale, ordered immediate action in the wake of allegations that Mark Bonar prescribed performance-enhancing drugs to Premier League footballers, England cricketers and Tour de France cyclists, among others.
Pressure has continued to mount on UKAD’s chief executive, Nicole Sapstead, after the Sunday Times (paywall) reported that Bonar, a doctor at a private London clinic, said he had prescribed erythropoietin (EPO), steroids and human growth hormone for top British athletes.
The paper reported that his conduct had been flagged to UKAD in 2014, prompting Whittingdale to call for an inquiry into what happened when the allegations were received and “what more needs to be done to ensure that British #sport remains clean”.
David Kenworthy, the former chief constable of North Yorkshire police who chairs UKAD’s board, said it viewed the Sunday Times allegations “as being of concern and meriting closer examination”.
The anti-doping watchdog is to review its failure to warn officials about a British doctor who allegedly provided banned drugs to around 150 elite sportspeople, despite being alerted to the case two years ago.