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The British government has begun an inquiry into the UK Anti-Doping Agencies (UKAD) handling of allegations that a doctor gave banned substances to 150 athletes, according to BBC News.

As first reported by the Sunday Times, Mark Bonar made claims that he provided substances like steroids and human growth hormone to soccer players, cyclists, tennis players and a member of England’s cricket team. 

UKAD started an investigation into Bonar after being approached by an athlete claiming the doctor was prescribing banned substances, but ultimately decline to follow through or pass the investigation to the General Medical Council.

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In response to the claims in the Times story, UKAD released a statement saying that it did not investigate Bonar because he is not governed by a sport and there was a lack of evidence into his involvement in doping.

"Under current legislation, UKAD has the power only to investigate athletes and entourage (including medics) who are themselves governed by a sport," UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said.

A number of soccer clubs mentioned in the story, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City, have denied claims that their athletes received banned drugs from Bonar, according to Reuters

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The Times report does not indicate that any clubs had knowledge of the allegations and the paper has not independently verified that Bonar treated the athletes mentioned.

Bonar is currently not licensed to practice medicine in the UK and is the subject of claims that he did not inform a women that her cancer was terminal so he could continue to charge her for treatment. 

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