Irish Doctor in doping claims sees contract axed

The Irish doctor at the centre of the sport doping scandal has had his contract with his clinic terminated.
Irish Doctor in doping claims sees contract axed

London-based Mark Bonar, 38, is alleged to have charged stars thousands of pounds for performance-enhancing drug programmes, according to an undercover investigation by The Sunday Times.

The Omniya Clinic, where Dr Bonar rented consulting rooms to treat his private patients, revealed it had ended its professional services agreement with him on Friday.

The General Medical Council (GMC) confirmed that while Dr Bonar is registered with them, he does not have a licence to practise medicine in the UK.

A British minister has ordered an investigation following the claims the doctor was secretly filmed telling how he prescribed performance-enhancing drugs to sports stars. He claimed he treated more than 150 sportspeople with banned substances including EPO, human growth hormone, and steroids, according to the paper’s probe.

He allegedly said he treated footballers at Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal, and Leicester City along with British Tour de France cyclists, tennis players, and a British boxer.

However, there is no independent evidence the sports stars received any banned treatments and the football clubs have denied the claims.

The newspaper reports the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) watchdog was given information about the doctor’s alleged doping activities two years ago but failed to take action to stop him.

Dr Bonar denied the allegations when they were put to him by the newspaper and said he had not breached rules laid out by the General Medical Council (GMC), the body which regulates doctors. He is facing disciplinary hearings that could see him struck off for a separate allegation of providing a patient with inadequate care, the GMC said.

John Whittingdale, the UK’s Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, said: “I have asked for there to be an urgent independent investigation into what action was taken when these allegations were first received and what more needs to be done to ensure that British sport remains clean.”

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