BOA drugs ban formally rejected

The British Olympic Association's lifetime ban for drugs cheats violates the global anti-doping code, the World Anti-Doping Agency declared last night.

The by-law, brought in 19 years ago, means the BOA have been declared "non-compliant" with the code by Wada's foundation board which met in Montreal.

The ruling increases the chances of sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar being able to compete at the London 2012 Games.

The BOA will now aim to press ahead and test their legal right to maintain the ban, and take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. The BOA said in a statement the ruling brought "clarity and closure" to their dispute with Wada.

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