Cavendish backs banned friend for the Olympic Games

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Sports Personality of the Year winner Mark Cavendish says that his friend David Millar should be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games.

Millar admitted taking a banned drug in 2004 and was given a lifetime ban by the British Olympic Association.

He did returned to the sport after a two year ban, even captaining Britain to a World Championship win.

However, under the current rules he is unable to represent Team GB again at the Olympic Games next summer.

"He's redeemed himself. I would love him to be at London 2012," said Cavendish.

"Dave cheated but he has realised what he did and learned a lot."

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Millar is the only Brit to have worn all three of the Tour de France's main jerseys

The British Olympic Association made the decision to ban drug cheats for life in 1992.

Britain is now the only country in the world that still enforces a lifetime ban, even if the athlete has already served more than a six month suspension.

"If we want to win the Olympic road race, we need Dave," said Cavendish