BOA's Moynihan admits he prefers lifetime ban for drug cheats over sanctions
Saturday, 21 July 2012
July 21 - British Olympic Association (BOA) chairman Colin Moynihan says he still favours a lifetime ban for drugs cheats even though his organisation now has to comply with a two-year sanction instead.
Three months ago, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that the BOA's lifetime rule was illegal and had to be scrapped, opening the door to the likes of sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar to be selected for London 2012.
Moynihan (pictured) has repeatedly stressed that former drugs cheats selected by Team GB would be treated no differently to clean athletes following the CAS verdict.
But, he says, he still favours the now outlawed BOA by-law over conflicting World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.
Moynihan believes being compelled to comply with a two-year ban is simply bad for the image of sport.
"I come into the Games firmly of the view that a two-year ban without missing a Games for serious drugs offence, first time round, is not the place the world of sport should be at," he told a press conference here.
"It's wrong and must be changed but we are where we are."
Moynihan, a former Olympic rower who won a silver medal at Moscow in 1980, said any athletes trying to knowingly cheat their way to a medal when the Games begin on Friday (July 27) were simply stupid.
"I have said many times that every one of our athletes would receive equal and full treatment and that there would be no distinction.
"That is exactly what has happened and will happen," said Moynihan.
"If there is any deviation from that, I would be very concerned."
"As for anyone who gets caught, anyone who has followed the problems of doping in sport knows that if you get caught at a Games, you are the dopiest of doper.
"To take steroids three weeks before a games knowing there will be widespread testing, you have to have a brick loose.
"You have to be really foolish."
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