London calling for Carl

England's Carl Myerscough prepares to take a throw in the Men's Discus final during the Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
England's Carl Myerscough prepares to take a throw in the Men's Discus final during the Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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THE announcement that thrower Carl Myerscough has been cleared to compete in the Olympics this summer has been greeted with enthusiasm by his supportive family in Knott End.

Myerscough has been declared eligible to compete in London after his lifetime ban from taking part in the Games, imposed in 1999, was lifted.

Britain had banned drugs offenders from competing, but that stance has been relaxed following a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling.

Myerscough, now 32, has always disputed the offence, claiming he had never knowingly taken drugs to enhance his performance, a stance backed up by his family.

Myerscough’s mother Angela said: “We never doubted it in the first place, but proving that he was not guilty is a different matter altogether. Of course, we are glad that it has been lifted.

“We have had a lot of phone calls congratulating the family. We have not been able to speak to Carl yet but we will.”

Myerscough lives in the United States but remains a member of Blackpool Wyre and Fylde AC.

He has already achieved the Olympic qualifying distance for the discus and is in contention for one of three places in the British team for the London Games.

Myerscough underlined his strong position in the discus in the US last weekend, just hours before news broke that the ban was about to be lifted. He won the event in a meeting at La Jolla, California, finishing ahead of London 2012 rivals Adbul Buhari and Lawrence Okoye.

Myerscough will be looking to strengthen his claims at the official trials in Birmingham in June, when he will also seek to attain the Olympic qualifying standard in his other discipline, the shot.

He has won two Commonwealth Games bronze medals – in the shot at Manchester in 2002 and in the discus in Delhi in 2010. He still holds the British record for the shot.