Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky probed as drug investigators raid British Cycling’s HQ

It came as UK Anti-Doping chief Nicole Sapstead sensationally admitted: No sport is clean. Wiggins and Team Sky are being investigated over a medical package delivered to him ahead of the 2011 Tour de France.

Russia only just escaped a total ban from the Rio Olympics over claims of state-sponsored doping.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova has been banned after testing positive for meldonium, while rugby’s greatest player Dan Carter allegedly failed a drug test.

Asked if there was any sport which could be considered completely clean, Sapstead said: “Absolutely not. No way.

“As a sports fan, you can’t help but be cynical now. Who can you believe in? There’s a great big cloud over everybody.

“I don’t think there’s any sport that is doing all it possibly can.”

There have been so many sport drug scandals this year that the woman leading Britain’s fight against doping is yet to have a holiday.

But Nicole Sapstead does not want sympathy, she wants action.

The chief executive of UK Anti-Doping has been sickened to see sport reel from one bad news story to another.

And she wants sports and sponsors to put their money where their mouth is before the public lose faith entirely.

Sapstead told SunSport: “It’s a sad state of affairs, but when you are faced with a situation like the one the world of sport is facing over doping, corruption or some other kind of integrity scandal, you have to see opportunities out of it.

“First and foremost, anti-doping is woefully underfunded.

“When you look at the investment that is made in sport and the commercial revenue that sport generates, then you look at what governments and sports put into this area, it gets lost in the workings out.

“Investigating possible doping violations by athletes or their entourages is not a cheap affair. Neither is then bringing a case if you prove there is one to answer.”

The McLaren Report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency into the Russian scandal is said to have cost more than £600,000.

UKAD’s annual budget is £7m, about half of it coming from the government.

The Premier League earns more than that in a single day from TV deals worth £2.77billion a year.

But it is the duty of all sports, especially the cash-rich ones, to dig deeper. Levies on matchday takings have been suggested as one method and Sapstead would also like the multinational companies who pour billions into sport to contribute.

She said: “What’s the cost of a doping scandal to your brand or your sport or reputation? If it’s significant, what are you doing to minimise it?

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