The government has warned UK Anti-Doping that it could cut its £7m budget by up to £1.75m, leading to concerns over the future of the organisation

The chairman of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has told the BBC that the organisation is ‘in jeopardy’ after being informed by the government that it faces funding cuts of up to 25 per cent.

UKAD is responsible for conducting anti-doping tests on athletes across 40 sports in the United Kingdom, carrying out over 8,500 tests in 2014. It has a budget of £7m, according to the BBC, with most of that coming from state funding.

But in the latest round of government cuts, the organisation could see that budget fall by as much as 1.75m, something that UKAD chairman David Kenworthy says would put the integrity of UK sport at risk.

“We’ve been told to expect cuts of up to 25%,” he said. “UKAD would be in jeopardy if we had large cuts like that because the purpose for which we’re here, I’m not sure we could fulfil it properly.”

Adding: “We’ve got to have the time and means to try to make up that income if we’re to survive – if we don’t, the integrity of UK sport is at risk.

“That would be desperate. With the amount of money invested in the integrity of sport over the years, to get it to where it is, that would be a huge blow.”

There are currently three cyclists serving bans from UKAD for doping-related infringments, including former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke.

The Devonian has been scathing in his criticism of the way his case was handled by UKAD, describing the hearing as a “mickey mouse court.”


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