Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

BOA: Dope Ban Has to Stay; OLYMPICS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

BOA: Dope Ban Has to Stay; OLYMPICS

Article excerpt

THE British Olympic Association fear aspiring athletes will be more tempted to take performance-enhancing drugs if their policy of banning doping cheats for life is overturned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

In 1992 the BOA introduced a by-law which stated any athlete found guilty of doping should be banned for life.

They argue the by-law, which prevents David Millar and Dwain Chambers from competing at a future Olympics due to past doping offences, is justified as it acts as a severe deterrent to athletes hoping to cheat their way to victory by taking performance-enhancing drugs.

WADA, however, feel the by-law breaks their anti-doping code and have confirmed their intention to take the BOA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the matter.

Should CAS find in favour of WADA, British athletes who dope will be served with a two-year ban - something which BOA chairman Lord Moynihan thinks would be a disastrous move for the future of sport in this country. …

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