British cyclists part of secret ketones trial for 2012 London Olympic Games

2012 London Olympic Games
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British cyclists were given ketones and warned they might trigger doping violations, as part of a trial run by UK Sport for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

A Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed that the government body in charge of funding Olympic and Paralympic sport in Britain spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on a secret project to test the effects of the controversial substance.

It was run with the apparent involvement of research and innovation manager, Scott Drawer, who went on to work for Team Ineos – then Team Sky – from 2016 to 2018. Drawer declined to comment to the Mail on Sunday, while Team Ineos told Cyclingnews that they have never used DeltaG, which is the brand of ketone drink trialled.

Ketones, a synthetic form of the energy source produced during fasting, are not banned under anti-doping rules but have caused ethical concerns, given their supposed performance-enhancing effects, and health concerns, given the potential side effects.

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