Irish doctor denies doping claims

The Irish doctor accused of prescribing performance-enhancing drugs to sports stars has described the claims in The Sunday Times as “false and very misleading”.

The investigation alleged Mark Bonar, 38, who is based in London, claimed to have treated more than 150 sportsmen and women — including Premier League footballers, cyclists, tennis players, and boxers — with banned substances such as growth hormones and steroids.

A Twitter account purporting to belong to Dr Bonar last night, which has not been verified, read: “The Sunday Times news allegations are false and very misleading. I have never had a relationship with any Premier Football club or player.

“I have never prescribed Androgen therapy for the purpose of performance enhancement.”

An independent inquiry into the allegations is expected to formally begin shortly.

British culture, media, and sport secretary John Whittingdale has demanded an urgent investigation into UK Anti-Doping’s response after the newspaper claimed the organisation was given information about the doctor’s alleged doping activities two years ago but failed to take action.


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