Olympic chiefs to examine painkiller in Team Sky controversy

Oct 19, 2016

Controversial painkiller tramadol will top the agenda at a sports medicine conference hosted by the International Olympic Committee next month, with calls growing for it to be banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The narcotic-like drug is used to treat moderate to severe pain but has become popular with some ­cyclists, who take it to numb pain in their legs towards the end of a race.

But tramadol, which has been in the news recently following claims of its use by British Cycling and Team Sky riders, has been blamed for causing crashes, as dizziness and drowsiness are among its side ­effects.British Cycling and Team Sky have denied any wrongdoing.