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Chris Hoy joins the doping debate

Dec 15 2011

Sir Chris Hoy has spoken out in support of the British Olympic Association's (BOA) stance on doping, by agreeing that athletes caught cheating should have a lifetime ban.

The Olympian and four times gold medal winner said that there are "no grey areas" on this subject, while writing for the Daily Telegraph.

"I completely support the BOA in its stance and, frankly, I have always been pretty bemused that the rest of the sporting world hasn’t followed suit. Are we serious about fighting against drugs in sport or not?" he asked.

He suggested that allowing proven ex-dopers to have the opportunity to win Olympic gold medals over those who have fought temptation is "illogical" and sends out the wrong message.

Unless a doper is banned from the Olympics for life, there is no real deterrent, Sir Chris argued, as athletes can miss two year's competing just through injury.

The row has been taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the world anti-doping authority claimed that BOA's lifetime ban for doping contravenes its global code.

Posted by Ben Evans

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