Today, the Sunday Times have released a potentially game-changing article profiling a doctor who claimed to have helped elite footballers and other athletes to cheat, using Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). The article has implications on several sports, and includes Premier League clubs.
Dr Mark Bonar, based in Britain, treated a Sunday Times undercover athlete, and offered PEDs.
Bonar in an interview with the paper, boasted about how he helped 150 elite athletes, including many “household names”, and explained the process.
“The fact that some of my patients happen to be professional athletes in irelevant. If they have proven deficiencies on blood work and are symptomatic, I will treat them. They are duly aware of the risks of using these medicines in professional sport, and it is their responsibility to comply with the anti-doping revelations.”
His clients include Premier League footballers, international cricketers, Tour de France cyclists, boxers, martial arts competitors, tennis players and bodybuilders.
The article goes on to explain how Bonar ensured the safety of such treatment.
He said he checked it was safe to proscribe the therapies, monitored his clients’ health during treatment and ensured patients levels were kept within normal limits. He said he did not “dope” patients for the purpose of performance enhancement, “even though these treatments may enhance performance as a secondary effect”.
The Premier League clubs named in the investigation are Chelsea, Arsenal, and Leicester City, while Birmingham City were also listed.
Chelsea made a statement to the newspaper.
“The claims are entirely without foundation. Chelsea football club has never used the services of Bonar and has no knowledge or record of any of our players having used his services. We take the issue of performance-enhancing drugs in sport seriously and comply with all anti-doping rules. Chelsea FC players are regularly tested by the authorities.”
The other three clubs named, Arsenal, Leicester City and Birmingham City all released statements of a similar message.
No players were mentioned in the piece, but it will lead to plenty of speculation.
This fascinating insight into the real world of PEDs in elite sports is a real eye-opener, and it is likely that we will hear more about it in the coming weeks.
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Posted by The Times and The Sunday Times on Dé Sathairn, 2 Aibreán 2016