Dwain Chambers and David Millar will be cleared to compete for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics tomorrow after the British Olympic Association’s life ban for doping offenders was ruled illegal.
Telegraph Sport can reveal that the Court for Arbitration in Sport has ruled that the BOA's life ban does not comply with the World Anti-Doping Association code and is therefore unenforceable. The judgment will be formally published at 3pm on Monday.
As a result the BOA will have no power to prevent Chambers, Millar and possibly shot-putter Carl Myerscough, who has also been banned for a doping offence, from competing in London this summer.
The CAS is understood to have ruled against the BOA on the grounds that its life-ban was effectively an additional sanction on top of the penalties that had been handed down to Millar and Chambers.
Both men received two-years bans for doping offences. Chambers was banned in 2003 after failing a drugs test, while Millar was excluded from cycling in 2004 after admitting using the blood-booster EPO following a French police investigation.
Under the terms of the WADA code doping penalties must be uniform around the world. As a national Olympic committee the BOA is a signatory to the code and is therefore bound to comply.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympi ... urned.html
No surprise at this verdict! It may, possibly, be interesting to read the full judgement of CAS and how they view this case being brought before them. Obviously, this still divides opinion with many still saying the BOA don't have to select them but, obviously, they can't do that. Chambers still has to qualify as does Myerscough.
Perhaps the BOA and WADA can now concentrate on strengthening sanctions and garnering support worldwide?