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Team Sky team principal Brailsford says content of mystery package was decongestant Fluimucil

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 00:53

Mystery package was flu treatment, says Team Sky boss Brailsford

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 19, 2016) (UK PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVE BRAILSFORD, TEAM SKY TEAM PRINCIPAL, SAYING: "Well Doctor (Richard) Freeman (Team Sky doctor) told me that it was Fluimucil that was in the package. A product which is for a nebuliser, that was what was in the package." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVE BRAILSFORD, TEAM SKY TEAM PRINCIPAL, SAYING: "I gathered those facts, I spoke to everybody involved, I got then to give me written statements just to back it up so that I could have that actually documented in writing, and then I felt that there was no substance, I couldn't see any anti-doping rule violation. However I also felt that it was probably appropriate for me to pass that on and have that reviewed by an independent authority who could verify the facts and probably fo further than I could." STORY: The mystery package at the centre of a UK Anti-Doping investigation into British Cycling contained a flu treatment, Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford told Members of Parliament on Monday (December 19). British Cycling and Team Sky have been under scrutiny over the package delivered to the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine in which Bradley Wiggins was riding. Wiggins' then coach Shane Sutton, giving evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry into doping in sport, earlier said he did not know what the package contained. The chair of British Cycling's Ethics Commission George Gilbert said it could have been pedals. Brailsford shed more light on the situation, however, after he said he had been given permission to do so by United Kingdom Anti-Doping which is investigating allegations of wrongdoing in the sport. He said Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman had told him it was Fluimucil - a product to treat coughs and sore throats. "Doctor Freeman told me that it was Fluimucil that was in the package. A product which is for a nebuliser, that was what was in the package," Brailsford told MPs. Brailsford repeated Sutton's comment that British Cycling coach Simon Cope had brought the package with him on a pre-planned logistical trip. Admitting he was "pained" by the shadow cast over British Cycling by the investigation, Brailsford said the package had only recently been brought to his attention. "I spoke to everybody involved, I got then to give me written statements just to back it up so that I could have that actually documented in writing, and then I felt that there was no substance, I couldn't see any anti-doping rule violation. However I also felt that it was probably appropriate for me to pass that on and have that reviewed by an independent authority who could verify the facts and probably fo further than I could." Asked why Team Sky had flown out the Fluimucil, a permitted drug on the WADA list, rather than buy it locally, Brailsford acknowledged that it did seem "extreme" but said it was normal to get supplies from their own stock in Britain.

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Team Sky team principal Brailsford says content of mystery package was decongestant Fluimucil

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 00:53