Court of Arbitration for Sport to take up Olympic ban on convicted dopers

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  • Published Nov. 21, 2011

British rules excluding athletes who have tested positive for doping from competing in Olympic Games were declared “non-compliant” by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Sunday.

WADA and the British Olympic Association (BOA) have been at loggerheads over UK rules introduced in 1992 that ban former dopers from Olympic competition for life.

WADA contends that the ban violates its code, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is expected to consider the issue ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has a similar rule — it does not allow athletes to compete if they’ve tested positive within six months of the Olympic Games, something WADA claims constitutes a second ban.

If CAS does not support the IOC rule, the British ban could be also overturned. Should that be the case, athletes such as David Millar would be allowed to compete in London.

Millar served a ban after admitting he doped during his stint at Cofidis and has since been barred from Olympic competition. However, he is allowed to compete in other international competitions, including the world road cycling championships, and Millar represented Scotland during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he won the gold medal in the time trial.

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