>> British cycling's Team Sky crossed a quote ethical line by using permitted medication to enhance the performance of cyclist Bradley Wiggins. That's according to a UK parliamentary committee report published on Monday. Team Sky immediately issued a statement to strongly refute the claim. And Wiggins, who won the Tour de France in 2012, expressed his dismay online.
The long-awaited report on combating doping in sport said the system of using exempt drugs, known as TUE, was open to abuse. Reuters Mitch Phillips explains.>> The underlying concept is they are legal drugs if you have an exemption for them. They're not banned drugs. They're not WADA banned drugs.
You can take them as an asthma cure in this particular case, then you have a TUE exemption for it. The question is whether they took them for the reasons they said they took them, or whether they took them to gain an advantage.>> The Select Committee report was unable to say for sure what was in a mysterious package delivered to Wiggins at the June 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race.
They found no quote reliable evidence to support Sky's assertion. They believe the drugs were used to enhance performance at Team Sky and not to prevent illness. The team have already taken full responsibility for mistakes made in areas where they had already acknowledged they fell short. But Wiggins, who was knighted in 2013, might now see his reputation hurt.
>> He hasn't done anything wrong. He hasn't broken any laws of the sport. He hasn't broken any doping laws. What he's done, according to the committee, is crossed an ethical line. No one gets banned for crossing an ethical line. He hasn't failed any drugs tests. His reputation is certainly tainted by it in a lot of people's eyes, but there's no way he's gonna lose his medals and his awards.
>> The committee said UK Anti-Doping should have greater powers and resources to conduct investigations and enforce rules. They also called for legislation to be introduced to criminalize the supply of drugs to athletes with the intent to enhance performance.