Revealed: Cyclist at centre of drug cheat claims against 150 British sport stars – Telegraph.co.uk
Meanwhile, Stevens was banned from competition for 21 months instead of two years after a Ukad case summary documented that he had provide “valuable anti-doping information”.
The cyclist, whose ban expired in November, told The Telegraph on Sunday night: “I’m sorry, I can’t talk about this.”
Bonar, 38, who is based at a private London clinic, allegedly told undercover Sunday Times reporters that he had a network of secret “clients” included an England cricketer, British Tour de France cyclists, a British boxing champion, tennis players and martial arts competitors.
In the past six years he claimed to have treated more than 150 sports people with banned substances such as erythropoietin (EPO), steroids and human growth hormone, saying improvements were “phenomenal”. He claimed to have been introduced to several sportsmen by former Chelsea fitness coach Rob Brinded.
Bonar claimed he had worked with “a few footballers” who have been or are currently members of the playing staff of the Premier League football clubs Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City as well as Championship team Birmingham City.
There is no independent evidence that Bonar provided such treatment
John Whittingdale, the culture secretary, on Sunday ordered an “urgent” inquiry into the previous inquiry by Ukad, while Toni Minichiello, coach to the Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill, called on Nicole Sapstead, Ukad’s chief executive, to resign.
Ukad chairman David Kenworthy said an independent review of the allegations against it would be conducted “as soon as possible”, to examine the information passed to the organisation in 2014 and to discern if the proper procedures were followed.
The body said the whistlebower’s notes in 2014 were given to an independent medical expert for analysis.
Nicole Sapstead, Ukad chief executive, said: “Following those interviews and an investigation, UKAD found that there was nothing to indicate that Dr Bonar was governed by a sport and UKAD had no other intelligence to corroborate the sportsman’s allegations.”
Ukad recommended the sportsman who brought the allegations to its attention gather more information and pass it on to the GMC “if appropriate”.
She added: “After assessing all the evidence, as per the National Intelligence Model, Ukad did not believe that there were grounds, at that point, to refer the case to the GMC.”
The Sunday Times did not list any of the athletes involved. The Telegraph has been unable to reach Dr Bonar or Mr Brinded. Dr Bonar told the Sunday Times he had not breached rules laid out by the GMC.