British Cycling has confirmed they have set up an independent review of its medical and physiotherapy teams’ operational practices.
Dr Rod Jaques, director of medical services at the English Institute for Sports, will lead the review with the findings expected to be reported to the governing body’s executive body in June.
It comes as British Cycling and Team Sky continue to receive criticism for their anti-doping procedures and how they record details as part of a Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee inquiry called Combating doping in sport.
They are also involved in an UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) investigation looking into a “mystery package” given to Team Sky rider and five-time Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins during the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Dr Jaques’ work will see him hold a number of confidential face-to-face interviews and compile an appraisal of the body’s current processes.
“We are committed to providing the highest standards of medical support, that’s why we’ve commissioned an external expert to scrutinise our existing processes and procedures and to make a series of recommendations on how we can improve,” said Michael Chivers, British Cycling’s people director.
“We will not pre-judge what the recommendations might be, but we are keen to bring parity between performance and health and welfare and to to ensure we reduce the potential for conflicts of interest between a team’s medical staff and its coaches.”
MPs on the Select Committee were told Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky’s general manager, that the package picked up by former Team Sky’s doctor Richard Freeman for Sir Bradley in 2011 contained fluimucil, a decongestant that is used to treat coughs and sore throats.
It was confirmed that the product had been bought in Switzerland.
In evidence he gave to the MPs, Dr Freeman said there was “no system” around at the time to track medicines being taken by riders.
The MPs have also been told by UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead that as part of their investigation, Dr Freeman said a laptop which had medical records of riders on it was stolen in 2014.
Damian Collins, the Select Committee’s chairman, has heavily criticised both Team Sky and British Cycling, saying that “major questions” still need to be answered.
On Wednesday, the Committee heard that former UK Athletics doctor Robin Chakraverty failed to properly record details of injections of L-carnitine he gave to four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Mo Farah before the 2014 London Marathon.
The Select Committees final report is not due to be published until after the UK General Election, which is taking place on June 8.