Britain: WADA challenging lifetime Olympics ban

Updated: Nov 16, 2011, 23:37 PM IST

London: The head of Britain`s Olympic committee says its lifetime ban for drug cheats is being challenged at the Court of Arbitraton for Sport by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The BOA`s tough bylaw has come under pressure since the CAS threw out an IOC rule barring athletes who have received drug bans of more than six months from competing in the next Olympics.

BOA chairman Colin Moynihan says WADA`s challenge came "out of the blue" and he insisted that Britain would "vigorously defend any challenge to the selection policy" ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.

Moynihan says "it is a remarkable challenge from WADA in the absence of any challenge from a British athlete."

Bureau Report