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No Lifetime Bans from Paralympics but...

Postby Geoff » Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:57 pm

London Eye: Can play, won't pay: paradoxical case of a banned Paralympian

Unlike Dwain Chambers, David Millar and other former doping offenders from these shores, Simon Gibbs is not depending on the fall of the British Olympic Association's celebrated by-law to become eligible to represent the host nation in the London 2012 arena. Gibbs is a wheelchair basketball player and ParalympicsGB, the equivalent of the BOA on the Paralympics side of domestic sport, does not have a life ban in place on the selection of athletes who have incurred drug bans of six months or longer.

Gibbs has been serving a two-year suspension since testing positive for the stimulant mephedrone in March 2010. His ban ends in March 2012, which leaves him clear to compete in the home Paralympics six months later – theoretically, at any rate.

"Yes, there is no Paralympic by-law," Charlie Bethel, chief executive of British Wheelchair Basketball, said, "but it would not be automatic that Simon would come back into the squad. In terms of our own policy, there would be no issue. The organisation is of the opinion that Simon will have received his penalty and served his time.

"He would be eligible but it would put us in a very difficult situation. We are a minority sport funded by UK Sport and the Lottery, and UK Sport have a lifetime ban on the funding of athletes who have served two-year bans for anti-doping violations. How can we then allow Simon on court when our court time is paid for by UK Sport? ... 67582.html
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Re: No Lifetime Bans from Paralympics but...

Postby readtherules » Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:36 am


Double sentance/CAS/UKS and WADA.

I posted about DC and relays and UKS funding and it could be a real issue.
Lets assume BOA byelaw goes and DC is running well.He would have to be in the relay pool which gets UKS funding.
Or take an other view.He is not good enough to warrent an individual place but is good enough for a relay place but UKS stops funding for relay with him involved.Back to square one and CAS again.

However ,as in your case above,I bet what happens is that Gov Body pays proportion of costs for the athlete still "banned " by UKS.
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