Christie is Back

The court of arbitration’s ruling just over a week ago that the British Olympic Association’s lifetime exclusion from the Olympic Games is unenforceable is good news for former sprint star and Gold medallist Linford Christie.

Christie failed a drugs test 13 years ago at a meet in Germany. He tested positive to nandrolone, and was given a two year ban by UK Athletics, even though there was ‘doubt whether the drug had been taken deliberately.’

As a result he was subject to the BOA’s lifetime ban both as an athlete and a coach, a role he now carries out very successfully. Now, thanks to last week’s ruling he can return to the Games in a coaching capacity.

The 1992 Barcelona Gold Medallist has remained popular in the UK and now coaches 10 athletes alongside Olympic sprint relay gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis, at the Linford Christie Stadium in West London. Ironically, Lewis- Francis will be competing against Dwain Chambers for a place on the Great Britain relay team in London. The Court of Arbitration’s ruling meaning that the formerly banned Chambers can now compete at the Games in July.

Christie is Back
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