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WADA blasts BOA

WADA and BOA bosses trade angry words after drugs ban ruling

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 30/04/12 6:30pm

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John Fahey: Blasted 'hysterical' BOA

John Fahey: Blasted 'hysterical' BOA

World Anti Doping Agency president John Fahey has hit out at the British Olympic Association's 'hysterical' statements during their appeal to keep their Olympic ban on drugs cheats.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling that the BOA bylaw could not be enforced has led to a bitter exchange of words between the BOA and WADA.

Moynihan has upset WADA president Fahey a number of times during the case, and the Australian has now hit out after the ruling.

"The decision totally rejects the BOA appeal and upholds the WADA foundation board's declaration of non-compliance," said Fahey.

"The WADA decision was taken only after the full deliberation and consideration of independent legal advice and WADA regrets the many hysterical and inaccurate public statements from the BOA in the course of challenging the WADA decision.


"WADA has spent the last decade harmonising the fight against doping in sport across the world by creating one set of rules in consultation and in accordance with the wishes of all its stakeholders, both sport and government.

"In order to achieve this harmonisation, the rules have had to be proportionate and respectful of the rights of individuals within the framework of international law. They are not based on emotive arguments or the wishes of any one signatory or individual.

"As with all signatories, the BOA has the right to make submissions to amend the code through the code review process that is currently on going."

BOA chairman Lord Moynihan branded the ruing a 'hollow victory' for WADA, and will look to push for them to increase their standard two-year ban for drugs cheats up to four, which would ensure missing at least one Olympics.

"This will be seen as a hollow victory for WADA," said Moynihan. "We live in difficult days when WADA spends time and money reducing those countries which have taken a determined stance against drug cheats in sport, such as Canada, New Zealand and ourselves, to a two-year ban which as Sir Steve Redgrave has said is tantamount to almost saying it is acceptable.

"It is also wrong in our view that all 204 national Olympic committees around the world now have to hand over their selection policy towards drug cheats to WADA or face court action."

Millar & Chambers

Cyclist David Millar and sprinter Dwain Chambers are the two high-profile athletes expected to now be included in the Olympics after the decision.

UK Athletics had supported a lifetime ban but confirmed Chambers would be available for selection, saying: "Athletes affected by the ruling are now eligible for the team, in both individual and relay events, and will be subject to the same selection criteria and process as every other British athlete."

Millar is likely to be part of the Olympic cycling team in London, with Dave Brailsford previously stating they will simply pick the best riders available, but British Cycling refused to speculate on that possibility.

"Our team for the Games is being selected in June and across all disciplines we'll pick the team based on which riders are fit and available, and who we believe have the best chance to deliver medals," said their statement.

"Ahead of that we won't be speculating on who may or may not be selected."

Moynihan insisted that the BOA would now fully support both athletes if they are included in Team Gb this summer.

"Clearly we are aware of the fact there are some very strongly diverse opinions on this subject amongst the athletes, we will work with the athletes, their coaches and the governing bodies to make sure they work as one team," he added.

"I will give absolutely maximum support to every athlete that is selected for Team GB."

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