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Bradley Wiggins Has Bizarre Reason For Keeping Athletes' TUEs Hidden

Bradley Wiggins Has Bizarre Reason For Keeping Athletes' TUEs Hidden
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

Having been the subject of a wide-ranging investigation in 2016, the cyclist Bradley Wiggins is more familiar than most with the delicate need for secrecy one requires when it comes to an athlete's therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) - and it appears he'd like to keep it that way.

During a Fancy Bears leak in 2016, the 2012 Tour de France winner was found to have been granted permission to use a banned substance ahead of competitions during 2011-13; including his 2012 Tour win.

Initiating the lengthy investigation into the contents of a mysterious 'jiffy bag' delivered to Wiggins in 2011, Wiggins, speaking on ITV during their 2018 Tour de France coverage, delivered a verdict on the proceedings that ensued when his personal medical records were made public:

There are things that have come to light with this whole thing, that we’ve found out since, that are quite scary actually and it’s very sinister. We’re still not at the bottom of it, we’re finding new stuff out daily to do with the package that never was and all this stuff and it’s quite frightening actually.

Stating that "there is a film to be made" of the investigation that plagued him until the UK Anti-Doping agency were forced into halting their search, Wiggins believes that certain participants in that investigation are now "bricking it," and that there are "shocking" details as yet to be revealed.

Interestingly, on the question of whether an athlete's TUEs should be made available to the general public, Wiggins is adamant that such transparency is not advisable:

I don’t think publishing riders’ TUEs would help, as some people will have embarrassing things they don’t want out there. What if a rider has an affair and gets a sexually transmitted disease and there is medication for that on his records?

That Bradley Wiggins believes an athlete's TUEs should be kept secret in the event he/she is attempting to hide the fact that they have cheated on their significant other is curious indeed.

See Also: Watch: Suspected Drug Cheat's World Record Broken By 8 Seconds

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