Drug Cheats To Be Cleared For Olympics Competition

Dwain Chambers at the European Athletics Indoo...

Dwain Chambers at the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2009 in Turin

Shamed drug cheat Dwain Chambers will be given the chance to represent Team GB at the Olympics despite a lifetime ban from athletics.
The reprieve for the sprinter comes after news that the British Olympic Association (BOA) are set to lose their court case to uphold the ban tomorrow.
Sources with knowledge of such cases have confirmed that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is expected to announce that the Olympic body’s codes do not comply with those of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA).
The BOA said in a statement today: ‘The British Olympic Association can confirm that today, it has received from the Court of Arbitration for Sport the written decision in the arbitration between the BOA and the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA).
‘As the decision is to be announced first by CAS, and out of respect for CAS and the Arbitration Panel, the BOA will be offering no comment today.’
The expected outcome will mean sprinter Dwain Chambers as well as cyclist David Millar will have their lifetime bans lifted to allow their selection for Team GB for the London 2012 Games.
The two athletes had been subject to the lifetime rule after testing positive for doping offences eight years ago.
Chambers tested positive for the designer steroid THG in 2003 and was originally banned for two years while Millar admitted to taking the blood-boosting agent EPO, earning him the same sanction.
Chambers has detailed exactly how he took the steroids to try to avoid detection while Millar is now one of the athletes advising WADA on their methods.
Both athletes have since worked closely with the anti-doping authorities to help them crack down on drug cheats.
The BOA will now concentrate on their proposals to change WADA’s global code on doping, to prevent further embarrassment in similar cases in the future.
They have proposed a minimum four-year ban for a first serious doping offence, including missing one Olympics, with national committees having the autonomy to have tougher sanctions if they so choose including a lifetime ban.
Any such agreement would not come before the London Games however so would not affect Chambers’ or Millar’s participation.
The ruling will be welcomed by former Olympic triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards who said last week it was time for the saga to be ended.
Edwards said: ‘Athletes should get a second chance. But two years is simply not enough. The world needs to unite and introduce four-year bans.’
The CAS ruling has been widely expected since the International Olympic Committee lost a similar case in November.
The case was brought by the US Olympic Committee on behalf of their 400m runner LaShawn Merritt.



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