Its announcement was expected, but yesterdays confirmation from  the Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) that the British Olympics Associations (BOA) life time ban on convicted drug cheats was illegal has opened the door for Scots rider David Millar to compete in the London 2012 Olympics.

But would Millar, if of course selected for Team GB, take up the opportunity to compete in London 2012,  both in the team road race and the individual time trial? 

In an interview with BBC Radio Scotland last month his comments certainly suggested that even if CAS ruled in his favour  he would choose not to compete:  'I don't think it's part of my story being an Olympic Champion . . . I'll leave that to the good guys.'

Prior to the CAS ruling, the opinion expressed by athletes in Team GB illustrated how divisive this issue had become, even within the cycling camp. Sir Chris Hoy holds the view that former drug cheats  should never be allowed to compete in the Olympics, but World Champion Mark Cavendish was more forgiving in his comments, expressing his hope that Millar would be able to compete.

Perhaps Cavendish's position is not so surprising given Millar's instrumental  role as Road Captain in the World Championships in Copenhagen last Autumn,  a performance that propelled Mark Cavendish to his stunning win.  Add to that the fact that British Cycling's Performance Director, Dave Brailsford, has already said he is ready to pick Millar if the Olympic ban is lifted then one has to expect that the Scot will be selected.

If he accepts that invitation . . . well, only the man himself knows.  

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Comment by Walter Cundy on May 10, 2012 at 11:50

Dave, Bob P, who came for a ride on Sunday, and has contact with him, says DM is concentrating on getting Olympic ready!

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