Could there yet be a route to the London Olympics next year for Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde shot putter and discus thrower Carl Myerscough, who is currently banned from taking part in the Games?
The chances of the likes of Myerscough and sprinter Dwain Chambers getting the chance improved when the World Anti-Doping Authority decreed recently that the British Olympic Association’s lifetime Olympic ban on drugs cheats violated the global anti-doping code.
The BOA intend to defend their policy at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but if they lose then Chambers – along with other drugs cheats such as cyclist David Millar and Myerscough – could appear in their home Olympics.
UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee refuses to be drawn on the political situation.
He said: “I will wait until the decision is made. It is hypothetical talk. I live by facts. I am responsible for the end result of the British team in terms of medals. I want to focus on that.
“I live with the legislation that is there and when it changes then I will live with the next reality.
“I am a pragmatic guy. I’m not in a position to change legislation. The BOA decides in the end who is selected.”