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Last Updated: 17/11/11 9:48am

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Colin Moynihan: wants CAS ruling as soon as possible

Colin Moynihan: wants CAS ruling as soon as possible

British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan insists the path will be cleared for Dwain Chambers to run at London 2012 if a challenge from the World Anti-Doping Agency is successful.

Moynihan has declared the BOA will "vigorously defend" their lifetime ban for drug cheats after agreeing to a request by WADA to argue their position before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Under the BOA's current stance Chambers is unable to compete at the Olympics having served a two-year suspension for testing positive for steroids in 2003.

Cyclist David Millar and shot putter Carl Myerscough could also profit if CAS finds in the WADA's favour.

"If we win it draws a clear line in the sand for the bylaw and our selection policy for 2012," said Moynihan.

"If we lose then equally the message to all athletes will be very clear.

"The three athletes who might be eligible for selection would be likely to compete. That's a very clear consequence of us losing."
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"The three athletes who might be eligible for selection would be likely to compete. That's a very clear consequence of us losing."

Exception

The BOA are the only national Olympic committee to enforce a lifetime ban for doping offenders, yet at the a meeting of the board on November 16 the decision to defend their position was unanimous.

WADA wrote to the BOA in October requesting the matter be taken before CAS, a suggestion that was ignored.

A second letter arrived from WADA in the last 48 hours outlining a legal position that is strongly disputed by BOA, who have now agreed to seek a judgment from CAS.

Moynihan expects the case to be settled early next year.

"We took our counsel's opinion late on Tuesday night. The lawyers say we have a strong case to make and we can make it," he said.

"It's likely the case will take two to three months to be resolved.

"I'm keen to have resolution as soon as possible as that will give clarity to the athletes.

"We are being stronger in our defence than ever and we had complete unanimity from the board in this decision.

"What is surprising is that WADA are the ones taking us on and not the athletes.

"The athletes are leading this, I'm not leading it. This is a robust defence of our policy on behalf of the athletes.

"As Steve Redgrave said 'A two-year ban for doping is almost saying it is acceptable'."

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