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Back in the fold

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Tom Fordyce | 14:28 UK time, Monday, 30 April 2012

The ruling from the Court for Arbitration in Sport that the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban on drug cheats must be dropped has opened the door to qualification for London 2012 to several previously ostracised British athletes.

Who are they, what realistic chance do they have of pulling on a British vest this summer, and which of their rivals may miss out on selection as a result?

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Controlled van Commenee undaunted by Olympic challenge

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Tom Fordyce | 21:49 UK time, Tuesday, 17 April 2012

For a man in charge of Britain’s most high-profile squad at the country’s biggest ever sporting spectacle, Charles van Commenee cuts a commendably cool figure.

“I’m quite relaxed now,” he says, perched on a stool in the athletes’ lounge at Lee Valley High Performance Centre. “99% of the work is done, so I’m of quite a peaceful mind.”

There are now just 100 days to go until the opening ceremony at the London Olympics. But Van Commenee, head coach at UK Athletics, charismatic martinet, insists there are no sleepless nights.

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