Former GB drug cheats can now compete in Olympics

  • 30 April 2012
Dwain Chambers Image copyright PA

Britain's former drug cheats will now be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games.

British Olympic bosses have lost a court case, meaning they can no longer give a lifetime Olympic ban to athletes who've used drugs to help them perform better.

An international sport court has ruled that it's against the World Anti-Doping Agency's global code.

It means athletes like sprinter Dwain Chambers could run at London 2012.

He tested positive for steroids in 2003 and served a two-year ban from athletics.

But he'll still have to qualify like everyone else if he wants to compete at this summer's Olympics.

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Image caption Cyclist David Millar is another athlete who was given a lifetime Olympic ban

The issue has divided many people in the sporting world.

Four-time Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy said: "It will be sad if we have to fall in line with the rest of the world."

But former athlete Colin Jackson supports Dwain Chambers.

He said: "Dwain is in the top tier of sprinters in our country. There is no doubt that he will be at the Olympics."