Britain’s lifetime Olympic ban for doping offenders was overturned by Court of Arbitration for sport clearing the way for sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar to try to qualify for the London Games.In a ruling published on Monday, sport’s highest court declared that the British Olympic Association’s bylaw was invalid because it fails to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency code.
A three-man CAS panel said a lifetime ban from the Olympics amounts to a second sanction after an initial doping ban. The BOA had argued that it was an eligibility issue rather than a sanction.
The CAS decision was in line with its ruling in October, when it threw out the International Olympic Committee rule that would have barred athletes who had received drug bans of more than six months from competing in the next games.
Monday’s ruling means that Chambers and Millar are now eligible to compete for Britain at the July 27-Aug. 12 London Olympics.
Chambers, who won a bronze medal in the 60 meters at the world indoor championships in March, served a two-year ban after testing positive for the steroid Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) in 2003 but can now try to make the British team at the Olympic trials in July.