Team Sky medic raised concerns that measures drafted by Dr Richard Freeman could ‘jeopardise the safety of riders and breach anti-doping rules’
- Dr David Hulse raised concerns over measures by Dr Richard Freeman in 2010
- Hulse had concerns over the use of intravenous infusions in hotel rooms
- Team Sky medic sent an email in response to the protocols drafted by Freeman
Concerns over the use of intravenous infusions in hotel rooms were raised by a Team Sky medic responding to protocols written by Richard Freeman, a medical tribunal heard.
Dr David Hulse added that measures drafted by former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Freeman, currently facing a fit-to-practise hearing, could jeopardise the safety of riders and breach anti-doping rules.
Extracts from an email sent by Hulse in response to Freeman’s protocols were read out at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester by Simon Jackson QC, on behalf of the General Medical Council, which has brought the case.
Dr David Hulse raised concerns over measures drafted by former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman (pictured) and the use of intravenous infusions in hotel rooms
Freeman admits ordering sachets of banned testosterone to the HQ of both organisations in 2011. He denies, however, that he did so knowing or believing they were to be used to improve an athlete’s performance.
In ongoing cross-examination, Jackson quoted from an October 2010 email sent to Freeman by Hulse, who would leave the team a short time later.
‘Richard, with regard to the protocols you sent I believe my position on injected nutritional products is clear,’ it read. ‘It may compromise the safety of our riders and under par 6 (of a medical code) I am obliged to raise these objections and I will do so in a subsequent email.’
Jackson added: ‘He (Hulse) raised concerns that the practice was in fact inconsistent with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) regulations. He talks that in his judgment it would be serious. A hotel room would not be suitable for non-emergency invasive procedures and infusions of non- emergency pharmaceutical products. Do you agree with that?’
Freeman responded that an ideal environment would have been a hospital theatre, doctor’s clinic or velodrome clinic.
‘I didn’t think injections on the back of the bus were appropriate,’ he added. ‘I have never given an injection on the back of the bus. That’s what I was trying to move away from. There was all sorts of anecdotal evidence that these things had happened in cycling’s past. They were completely and utterly inappropriate.’
The hearing resumes on Friday.
Freeman (pictured last year) was questioned in an email at the time over intravenous infusions