Doctor claims he doped 150 sports stars, including Tour de France cyclists
A British doctor has been secretly filmed describing how he prescribed banned performance-enhancing drugs to 150 elite sportsmen, including British Tour de France cyclists.
An investigation by The Sunday Times has found that Dr Mark Bonar have prescribed banned substances to un-named ‘British Tour de France cyclists’ as well as premiership footballers, tennis players, a boxing champion and a cricketer. He claims his clients come from Britain and abroad.
Bonar was filmed making the claims by an undercover reporter, who posed as an ‘aspiring Olympic runner’, to whom Bonar later prescribed a course of EPO. Bonar works in the Omniya Clinic in Knightsbridge, London, specialising in anti-aging treatment.
Bonar told the undercover reporter: “Some of these treatments I use are banned on the professional circuit. So you have to be mindful of that. Having said that – I have worked with lots of professional athletes who do use these treatments.”
The Sunday Times was unable to confirm that any of the sportspeople Bonar claimed he treated had any involvement with him. “Those contacted by the Sunday Times either denied being treated by him or declined to comment,” the paper said.
The newspaper was tipped off about Bonar’s activities by a sportsman who had approached UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in 2014 with evidence of Bonar’s prescription of banned drugs, including testosterone and EPO. UKAD reportedly dismissed the evidence as of ‘little or no value’.
According to UKAD, Bonar’s activities fell outside its jurisdiction, and they advised the sportsman that more evidence was needed to that the case could be passed to the General Medical Council (GMC).