Drugs in Sport: Davies ponders action

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ANDREW DAVIES, the Welsh weightlifter, is considering taking legal action against the British Olympic Association over his banishment from the Barcelona Games last year. Davies and his British team-mate, Andrew Saxton, were sent home from Spain after traces of clenbuterol were discovered in a pre-Games, out-of-competition test.

Both were subsequently exonerated after a three-month inquiry but Davies is taking legal advice on the matter. 'The matter is in the hands of my solicitors,' the 26-year-old Davies said yesterday. 'If or when the matter will come to court I cannot say because these things can take months.

'I have managed to put what happened in Barcelona behind me but the events are still in my thoughts. Our governing body found that we were not at fault but what went on out there was somebody's fault.'

A BOA spokeswoman said: 'There is a meeting taking place between lawyers to look at the issues. It is an early first meeting. But as the matter has now reached this stage, I cannot comment further.'