British officials defend Olympic ban

Minister for sport Hugh Robertson is confident the British Olympic Association's (BOA) ban on those who have failed doping tests taking part in the Games will remain.

And BOA chairman Lord Moynihan also affirms that the ban will remain in place.

They are speaking after American sprinter LaShawn Merritt successfully challenged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rule that bans offenders from the Games following their conviction.

Currently, British athletes caught doping are subject to a BOA by-law that imposes a lifetime ban from the Olympics but Merritt's victory at the Court of Arbitration for Sport could set a precedent for appeals against the BOA.

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