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'Strictly Come Dancing' Bosses Respond To 'Doping' Accusations, Following Sunday Times Reports

A London doctor allegedly prescribed two 'Strictly' stars performance-enhancing drugs.

04/04/2016 09:10

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ bosses have responded to “doping” accusations, after a doctor suggested he’d prescribed illegal performance-enhancing drugs to two of the show’s stars.

During the weekend, London-based private doctor Mark Bonar was recorded by reporters from the Sunday Times, claiming that he’d prescribed the drugs to more than 100 British athletes and sports stars, which allegedly includes two ‘Strictly’ professionals.

However, a spokesperson for ‘Strictly’ has already rubbished the reports, insisting: “In the absence of any evidence or further information being presented to us, we will not be commenting.”

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'Strictly' bosses have addressed claims two professionals were prescribed performance-enhancing drugs

The accusations came after a reporter from the Sunday Times visited his clinic in Knightsbridge, London, posing undercover as an aspiring Olympic athlete.

During its 12 years on the air, ‘Strictly’ has featured more than 40 professional dancers from all over the world, and will be returning for its 14th series later this year.

 

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However, the line-up may well be looking a little different this time around as, so far, four different professional dancers have revealed they won’t be returning to the show.

Ola Jordan and Kristina Rihanoff - the latter of whom announced she was pregnant while in the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ house back in January - were the first to announce they were leaving, followed by reigning 'Strictly' champ, Aliona Vilani.

Weeks later, Tristan MacManus revealed he was bowing out of the show after two years, claiming last month: “You can do whatever it is you want to do but when you have to start doing things you don't, then you have to decide if it’s for you or not.

“You can be a dancer or you can be a dancer on a TV show and with that comes a whole other bag. It can be fun, but I’d sooner leave it as it is then spend all my time complaining about it.”

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