EMBATTLED Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford is scheduled to face a media interrogation in Majorca today.
After the politicians come the journalists. Brailsford was called before parliament at the Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) select committee on December 19, with his appearance prompting further questions.
The evidence provided by Brailsford and other leading figures in British cycling was last Saturday described as “extraordinary” and “very disappointing” by UK Anti-Doping chairman David Kenworthy.
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Now Brailsford will continue to fight for his own and his team’s reputation – and possibly future – under media scrutiny.
Questions about the UKAD investigation into a package delivered to Team Sky almost six years ago, revealed in the Daily Mail last October, and the British squad’s use of therapeutic use exemptions for Sir Bradley Wiggins are set to dominate. Team Sky have always denied “wrongdoing” and insist no anti-doping rule violation has taken place.
Damian Collins MP, the select committee chairman, says questions remain and witnesses may be recalled, along with new ones.
Further evidence is now likely to wait until the conclusion of the UKAD investigation.
UKAD usually only announces a conclusion to an investigation if an anti-doping rule violation has taken place. But Team Sky, British Cycling and Wiggins will want a public declaration if no wrongdoing is found.
Brailsford admitted considering his position before, after acknowledging mistakes in hiring Belgian doctor Geert Leinders in 2011 and 2012.
Team Sky say they had no concerns over Leinders’ work during his time with the squad, but the doctor has since been banned for life following revelations of doping at Dutch squad Rabobank.
Brailsford also restated Team Sky’s zero-tolerance policy to doping in 2012, leading to a number of departures.