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Diane Modahl's appeal against a four-year drugs ban is to be heard by Robert Reid, QC, the barrister who conducted sprinter Jason Livingston's appeal against a similar ban. Reid will chair a three-strong British Athletic Federation panel on 24-28 July at a venue to be announced. Reid will sit with Gordon Wright, of the Northern Counties AA, and Beryl Randle, from the Midland Counties and the Race Walking Association. Modahl, the 28- year-old former Commonwealth 800m champion who is expecting a baby in October, was banned by a BAF disciplinary tribunal in London last December after testing positive at a meeting in Portugal six months earlier.