CAS overturns British life ban for drug

Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:48pm GMT

By Justin Palmer

LONDON (Reuters) - Sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar were cleared to compete in this year's London Olympics after the British Olympic Association's (BOA) lifetime Games ban on drug offenders was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday.

The BOA asked CAS to mediate after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ruled the life ban did not comply with its global doping code which provides for a maximum two-year ban for a first offence.

"The CAS Panel has ruled that the BOA bye-law related to the selection of British athletes for the Olympic Games was not in compliance with the World Anti-doping Code," CAS said in a statement on its website ( A20WADA20final.pdf)

"Such decision confirms the jurisprudence established last year in the case between the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee."

The BOA described the decision as a "hollow victory" for


"The BOA are clearly very disappointed in the outcome," BOA chairman Colin Moynihan told a news conference.

"No doubt for athletes, for coaches and administrators and others in international sport who want to see greater progress in the fight against doping, this will be seen as a hollow victory for WADA.   Continued...

Dwain Chambers of Britain competes at the men's 60m heats the world indoor athletics championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena in Istanbul March 9, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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