- The Government has requested an urgent investigation after the newspaper The Sunday Times has published the confession of the doctor, Mark Bonar.
- Bonar says prescribing illegal drugs than 150 athletes, including players from Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester and Birmingham City.
- This news has questioned the credibility of the British Anti-Doping Agency.
the British government Sunday called for an urgent investigation of the anti-Doping Agency UK (UKAD) to see how they handled allegations against a doctor who allegedly tried illicit drugs to players and other elite athletes.
The Minister of Culture, Sports and Media, John Whittingdale, expressed “deep concern” after The Sunday Times has released a video in which Dr. Mark Bonar apparently recognizes prescribe drugs to athletes to improve performance.
UKAD has admitted that between April and May 2014 received a complaint against this optional but which he dismissed the case concluding that was not under the jurisdiction sport. The public agency maintains that neither found evidence for submission to the General Medical Council for investigation.
The Conservative minister has ordered an “independent investigation” to find out “what measures took (the agency) when these allegations were received” and “what more needs to be done to ensure that British sport remains clean. ”
“There is no room for complacency in the fight against doping, and the Government is already examining whether existing legislation is sufficient,” he said, and said that will not hesitate to introduce “criminal sanctions tougher if necessary “.
The president of UKAD, David Kenworthy , has confirmed his party will conduct a review of what happened and recommendations on how to improve procedures “are expected to ensure that the UKAD as effective as possible in the future to keep the sport clean. ”
Cycling, tennis and soccer …
In the video, made covertly by an athlete in collaboration with the newspaper, and along several consultations, the doctor 38 years claims to have prescribed drugs to improve performance 150 athletes , including cyclists, tennis players, a cricketer, a champion boxer and soccer players of the Premier League.
Bonar reveals who has treated players in the Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City and Birmingham City .
The newspaper did not he has identified none of the athletes allegedly involved until the investigation forward and clarifies that not been able to corroborate from other sources that the doctor will treat these athletes.
Bonar, who practices in the private clinic antiaging Omniya the luxurious London district of Knightsbridge , admitted to having treated their customers with substances such as erythropoietin (EPO), steroids and growth hormones .
He also explained that was a former coach of Chelsea, Bob Brinded, who introduced him to several elite players .
This news has questioned the credibility of the British Anti-Doping Agency, which is currently investigating allegations of doping in Russian sports and oversees efforts to eradicate illegal practices facing the Olympics Rio de Janeiro.