British Cycling bosses have been called to a parliamentary hearing to explain the growing trend of therapeutic use exemptions in the sport. Damian Collins, chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee, told the Times on Friday that the hearing will focus on grounds for granting the exemptions (TUEs) amid concerns about British star Bradley Wiggins's controversial use of a powerful corticosteroid before three key races. "As part of the inquiry into doping, the select committee wants to look at the ethics of the use of TUEs and the way this is policed by British Cycling," Collins said.
If the presence of such top cyclists as Peter Sagan and Marc Cavendish for the UCI Road World Championships fed the Gulf state's ambitions of becoming an international sporting capital, the event also highlighted some of the strains the country could face when it hosts the soccer World Cup in 2022. Qatar is using its wealth to host a flurry of big competitions, including the Asian soccer cup, the Men's Handball World Championships, and the FINA World Swimming Championships. In Qatar's extreme heat, cyclists stuffed ice packs down their jerseys to try and keep cool as temperatures reached 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit).