The Culture, Media and Sport Committee announced a further evidence session in its inquiry into doping in sport. Nicole Sapstead, the Chief Executive of UK Anti Doping gives evidence to the Committee concerning UKAD's investigation into the package that was delivered to Team Sky by Simon Cope at the end of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné at La Toussuire in France.
Nicole Sapstead has confirmed that she is able to discuss the investigation with the Committee, and also that by that date UKAD would have no objection to Mr Simon Cope and Dr Richard Freeman also answering the committee's questions about the investigation. The Committee has therefore invited Mr Cope and Dr Freeman to appear as witnesses to the inquiry, also on 22 February 2017.
Exact details for evidence sessions to be confirmed shortly.
Damian Collins MP, Chair of the Committee said:
"There is a considerable public interest in UKAD's investigation and it is also important to our inquiry into doping in sport to understand what they have been able to determine from their investigation.
The Committee has been told by both British Cycling and Team Sky that they have supplied all the information they have relating to this investigation to UKAD. However, we need to know if they have received documentary evidence which confirms what was in the package that was delivered by Simon Cope to Team Sky.
Without this evidence, I am concerned about how it is possible for the anti-doping rules to be policed in an appropriate manner, if it is not possible to review the records of medicines prescribed to riders by the team doctors. I hope that on 22nd February, if not before, we will receive clear evidence on this important matter."