Aussie cycling coach slammed in tribunal


“He came to play games, to be uncooperative from the outset, he is a witness on whom reliance cannot be placed,” she said.

“He fled from the questions that he knew were coming. He left because it was getting too hot to handle, not because I was abusing him.

“A witness of truth doesn’t behave that way. A witness of truth doesn’t misperceive that he’s being bullied. A witness who knows what he’s done, that he’s told lies, is a witness who goes on the defensive, as he does.

“He obfuscates, he doesn’t answer the questions. A witness of truth doesn’t abuse counsel, doesn’t call a vulnerable witness [Freeman] ‘spineless’.”

Freeman denies a General Medical Council charge that he ordered the testosterone gel knowing or believing it was for an athlete to improve performance.

O’Rourke went through Sutton’s evidence pointing out a number of occasions where he raised his voice and banged his fists on the table.

“This has now become a very suspicious witness,” O’Rourke said.

“If you’ve got nothing to hide you simply answer the questions, none of them are accusatorial in any way, shape or form.

“There were any number of questions I wanted to know the answer to. Again he raised his voice and raised it so loud there was an echo back off the tape.”

Freeman admits ordering the testosterone gel and to lying to British Cycling colleagues about it.

He also admitted charges related to record-keeping and prescribing medicines to non-athlete members of staff.

The tribunal continues on Tuesday.


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