The hearing was meant to start at the MPTS' headquarters in
Manchester on February 6 but was immediately adjourned after an
application by Freeman's lawyers.
Although the reasons behind the application have not been made
public, they are thought to be related to Freeman's mental health.
The General Medical Council, the regulatory body for doctors in
Britain, has alleged Freeman was involved in a cover-up after ordering
large quantities of testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug banned by
the World Anti-Doping Agency, to be delivered to the National Cycling
Centre, with the GMC saying he obtained 30 sachets of Testogel "to
administer to an athlete to improve their athletic performance".
The tribunal has the power to stop any doctor from working in the United Kingdom.
"Please be advised that the preliminary legal argument being made in
the hearing of Dr Freeman will continue throughout this week," said
Tuesday's statement from the MPTS.
"This means that we do not expect a decision on the application until sometime next week."
Had the hearing started as scheduled, it was listed to last 20 working days until March 5.
But given it has still to get going, there now seems no way it can
finish on time and with the likes of judges, lawyers and witnesses
having other commitments, it may be that no verdict is delivered until
Freeman was also the doctor at the centre of the so-called 'Jiffy
Bag' scandal which saw Sky accused of a suspected anti-doping violation
regarding a mystery package reportedly destined for star rider Bradley
Wiggins in 2011.
However, a UK Anti-Doping investigation concluded without any charges having been brought.
Freeman has previously denied all doping charges against him.
He resigned from British Cycling in October 2017 after telling the
national governing body he was too ill to face disciplinary action for
poor medical record-keeping.
Team Sky's future was thrown into doubt last month after British
media company Sky announced it was ending a partnership that has
delivered six Tour de France titles in the past seven years.
Any delay in resolving Freeman's case and the ensuing speculation
could hinder Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford's attempts to find a new
sponsor when the current deal expires at the end of this year.
Wiggins, riding for Sky, became Britain's first Tour de France champion in 2012.
Sky team-mate Chris Froome won four Tour de France titles and Geraint
Thomas became the team's third winner of cycling's landmark event in