Friday, November 25, 2011

Athletics: Brett Morse worries drug cheat hazard to Olympic dream

Posted by Admin On 11:52 AM

WELSH discus ace Brett Morse has admitted he will be annoyed if his Olympic dream is dash by a British rival who has failed a past drugs test. Carl Myerscough is one of a few British athletes, beside jogger Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar, who are pending up to learn whether the British Olympic Association’s lifetime bans for drugs cheats will be upturned ahead of London 2012.

The BOA’s by-law policy, brought in 19 years ago, has been deemed to violate the global anti-doping code after being judge non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) code. The BOA will test their legal right to uphold the ban by taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

If the BOA loses their policy of handing out lifetime Olympic bans for drugs cheats will be upturned and Myerscough will be allowed to qualify for London 2012. In 1999, Myerscough tested positive for “a cocktail of banned substance. He has always denied intentionally taking drugs, but was still balanced for two years and hand an Olympic lifetime ban.

Myerscough is one of Morse’s rivals for the three British discus places for London 2012 with the pair travelling to the World Championships last summer alongside Abdul Bukhari. British record holder Lawrence Oyoke is also in argument and all four athletes has achieved the Olympic A qualification standard.

The top two at next year’s Olympic trials and one other selected athlete will claim the spots. “It is hard when you are allowing for this issue,” said Morse. “Carl is a good friend of mine and he has been like a father figure to the other throwers.

“It is nothing personal, but I am against drugs and the rules, which were there when he failed the test, presently state he should not go to the Olympics. “But, regardless, if the BOA rule gets upturned he could still get one of the places which could be mine.

“I am going to be irritated if that happens because in theory he should have a lifetime ban. “I wake up every day and think about the Olympics and every session is about attainment London. “Ever since it was announce they would be held in London I have been strong-minded to qualify “Clean athletes who have worked hard should not be punish, especially because it is a home Games.



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