A major newspaper investigation in the UK found that two athletes whose awards include team GB at the 2012 Olympics were allowed to perform their own laboratory tests after positive drug tests.

2012 European Champion hurdler Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton, a multiple medium-distance medalist, broke doping laws in 2014 when the black market steroid Dienedione appeared in their systems.

However, they were later allowed to have private testing of the contaminated supplements they protested. The results below indicated that they were “clean and free of contamination at source”.

According to a far-reaching mail report on Sunday, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) allowed supplement seller Darren Foote to have the products tested in a laboratory they recommended without the agency supervising it.

At the athletes’ hearing, the couple’s dietitian testified that private tests showed the supplements contained banned steroids. This week we did what UKAD should have … we contacted the manufacturers. When the supplement mixes left their facility they were clean. pic.twitter.com/2pTlbPYdUX

– Edmund Willison (@honestsport_ew) April 3, 2021

The nutritionist also gave misleading, if not “untrue”, statements to the tribunal. This story comes after @sportingintel revealed last week that UKAD allowed British Cycling to conduct private drug testing after traces of a banned steroid were found in a cyclist’s doping test.

– Edmund Willison (@honestsport_ew) April 3, 2021

These tests in September 2014 showed signs of contamination. However, the report found that the company that made the range carried out later testing. This shows that the batch on which the case was focused was not contaminated when it left their manufacturing base.

The news has rocked UK athletics and put even more pressure on UKAD after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) opened an investigation last week allowing British Cycling to conduct its own drug tests in an unauthorized laboratory, including private urine tests.

Luis Horta, a former head of the WADA laboratory, was particularly critical of the scandal. “In my opinion, the evidence is only valid once the chain of supplement retention is established,” he said. “It is critical and can be perverse.

“If a person is responsible for the manufacture or sale or marketing of the nutritional product, this is not the right person to request analysis of the products or to send the products to the laboratory as they will have a conflict of interest.” “

When asked by the mail whether a re-investigation would be opened based on the results, a UKAD spokesman said: “Whenever someone has evidence that may be of interest to a possible anti-doping rule violation, UKAD would always provide them encourage them to do so. ” that for us. “

UKAD is currently under investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency. As always, if you have any information about doping in UK sport or global sport that you think should be further investigated, please contact edmund.willison@honestsport.com or @sportingintel.

– Edmund Willison (@honestsport_ew) April 3, 2021

Many readers used social media to question the behavior of the body. “Another great doping story from [the Mail]”remarked one.

Question: How big is this problem? There have been numerous cases where athletes have successfully argued with the contamination of legal products.

“Can the chain of evidence always be manipulated so easily by athletes? What control do the national anti-doping authorities exercise?”

“UKAD are great,” quipped another sarcastically. “Dope with impunity and if you get caught blame the cereal you had for breakfast.”

This newest egg in the face of authority and the sport of Britain follows the shocking reveal of Richard Freeman, the “seedy doctor” of cycling.

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