The medical tribunal looking into the conduct of former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman could be pushed back until later this year amid ongoing delays, it has been claimed.
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal is looking to establish whether Freeman ordered testosterone in 2011 to enhance the performance of an athlete.
The tribunal was originally supposed to start on February 6.
However, it has been repeatedly delayed by legal discussions.
Initially a 48-hour extension applied for by his barrister Mary O’Rourke was granted by a three-person panel and then a further preliminary application was filed on February 8.
It was then thought the tribunal could start on February 20, but legal discussions have continued.
According to the BBC, a new application has been made which looks set to delay proceedings further.
It has been claimed the initial application made by Freeman’s legal team will be halted until a conclusion is reached regarding the latest application filed.
The hearing had initially been due to conclude next Tuesday (March 5).
According to the Press Association, the latest developments could see the tribunal rescheduled until later this year.
The possibility of rescheduling would be due to time considerations and the availability of lawyers.
On top of being charged with ordering testosterone to enhance the performance of an athlete, Freeman has also been accused of lying to conceal his motive.
The doctor has been accused by the GMC of "inappropriately" providing medical treatment to non-athletes and failing to inform three patients' GPs of "medication prescribed and reasons for prescribing".
Freeman has also been at the centre of controversy regarding the jiffy bag saga surrounding five-time Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins.
He was accused of failing to keep adequate medical records after he claimed a mysterious package sent to Sir Bradley at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011 contained the legal decongestant flumicil.
Neither Freeman nor Team Sky could prove it after his laptop containing medical records was allegedly stolen.