UKA’s response to CAS’ decision in the arbitration between the BOA and the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA):
The CAS Panel has ruled that the BOA bye-law related to the selection of British athletes for the Olympic Games was not in compliance with the World Anti-doping Code.
Such decision confirms the jurisprudence established last year in the case between the US Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee.
Lausanne, 30 April 2012 – Following the appeal filed by the British Olympic Association (BOA) against a decision of the World Anti-doping agency (WADA) to declare the BOA Bye-Law on selection of British athletes for the Olympic Games to be non-compliant with the World Anti-doping code, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued the following decision:
“The Bye-Law is a doping sanction and is therefore not in compliance with the WADA Code. The CAS confirms the view of the WADA Foundation Board as indicated in its Decision. Therefore, the appeal of BOA is rejected, and the Decision of the WADA Foundation Board is confirmed”
Full release here – BOA/WADA Arbitratiuon.pdf (righ click save as)
UK Athletics has always supported the BOA byelaw but welcomes the clarity the CAS decision brings to this issue. Athletes affected by the ruling are now eligible for the team, in both individual and relay events, and will be subject to the same selection criteria and process as every other British athlete.