UK Sport has denied putting athlete’s welfare at risk after a national newspaper claimed British Olympians had been given an experimental substance ahead of London 2012.

The Mail on Sunday reported public money was used to provide a select band of athletes with an energy drink called DeltaG, claiming there were no guarentees the product did not cause side-effects and nor was it certain to be cleared by WADA (World Anti-doping Agency).

But, in a statement issued in response to the story, UK Sport said they had consulted with both WADA and UK Anti-Doping before using the product to make sure it complied with guidelines – and that the health of athletes would not be put on the line for the sake of an improved medal haul.

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“UK Sport does not fund research projects aimed at giving our national teams a performance advantage at the expense of athlete welfare,” the statement read.

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