When Great Britain sprinter Dwain Chambers tested positive for banned anabolic steroid THG in 2004 he effectively kissed goodbye to dreams of future Olympic glory.
When it comes to performance drugs, The British Olympic Association (BOA) is iron-fisted. The committee is the only one in the world to ban for life those caught abusing drugs from representing Team GB in the Olympic Games – a rule that the World Anti-Doping Agency has said is ’illegal’ (see story).
The BOA has picked Baker & McKenzie to help with their “it’s my party and we’ll invite who we want” defence, which has now been lodged as an appeal in the highest sports court in the world – the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Of course the BOA has every right to argue that cheating just isn’t British. Even if countries let disgraced atheletes back on to their teams once they’ve served their time, Britain can stand dignified in opposition.
Still, a few more medals would be nice.