- Former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins said he
needed permission to use a banned substance to treat his
asthma to ensure he was "back on a level playing
British rider's confidential medical information
featured in one of the leaks resulting from an alleged
Russian-led cyberattack on the World Anti-Doping Agency
database. The eight-time Olympic medalist was given
three injections of an anti-inflammatory drug between
2011 and 2013.
insisted earlier this month that there was "nothing
new" about his need for asthma medication but he
has now given an interview to the BBC to further defend
his need for a "Therapeutic Use Exemption"
that allows athletes to use otherwise-banned substances
because of a verified medical need.
was to cure a medical condition," Wiggins said in
the interview, which was broadcast Sunday. "This
wasn't about trying to find a way to gain an unfair
advantage. This was about putting myself back on a level
playing field in order to compete at the highest
treatment was approved by cycling authorities and there
is no suggestion any rules have been broken, but the
former Team Sky rider has still come under scrutiny over
his use of TUEs.
when you're the best at what you do sometimes comes
scrutiny," Wiggins said, referring to his team.
"Especially in a sport that has a tainted
became the first British rider to win the Tour de France
in 2012 as part of Team Sky.