London 2012: BOA 'cautiously optimistic' after drugs ban hearing
The British Olympic Association is "cautiously optimistic" after a hearing on Monday to decide if its lifetime bans for drug cheats breach the world anti-doping code.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) heard arguments from the BOA and the World Anti-Doping Administration (Wada), which opposes lifetime bans.
If the BOA's bans are lifted, sprinter Dwain Chambers is among those affected who could compete at London 2012.
A verdict may not emerge for a month.
Following Monday's hearing, BOA chairman Lord Moynihan told reporters: "It was a good day, all the arguments were put really strongly. The voice of the athletes was definitely heard and we now wait and see.
"One of the questions we put is to try and get a resolution as soon as possible. My expectation is a month, we don't want it any longer as it is in the interests of the athletes that they know what the outcome will be.
"Today was an outstandingly good presentation, the voice of the athletes came over strong and loud so I'm cautiously optimistic."
The Cas panel hearing the case between the BOA and Wada comprises three individuals
Prof Richard McLaren
Canadian barrister experienced in legal issues involving doping. Chairs the panel. Also president of basketball's arbitration tribunal and has worked on arbitration panels at five Olympic Games.
Leading Swiss sports lawyer, fluent in five languages. Head of the American Bar Association's subcommittee on sports-related disputes.
American lawyer who made his name winning cases for multi-nationals including Hyundai, General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline, Virgin Group and Philip Morris. Sports experience includes working for Cas at three Olympics.
Chambers, 33, and 35-year-old cyclist David Millar have been prominent examples of reformed drugs cheats still active in their sports whose Olympic hopes are affected by the decision Cas is set to reach.
The World Anti-Doping Agency believes Chambers and athletes in similar situations should be free to compete once their suspensions are served.
The BOA's argument, which has found support among a number of high-profile current British athletes, says its requirement that athletes have clean drugs records is part of its selection criteria for any Olympic Games, meaning the lifetime ban is not an additional punishment.
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