London 2012: Millar’s Olympic ban ‘should not be overturned’
David Millar should be banned from the Olympics because of his previous doping conviction, insists Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins insists David Millar should be banned from the Olympics because of his previous doping conviction.
Millar was banned for two years in 2004 but since his return to cycling has become a committed campaigner for clean sport, serving on the World Anti Doping Agency’s athletes’ commission
But he is currently prevented from appearing at the Games by the British Olympic Association’s controversial lifetime suspension for doping cheats, a hardline stance that will be legally tested by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the next few weeks.
Millar, along with Wiggins, played a key role in assisting Mark Cavendish to secure the road race rainbow jersey in Copenhagen last September and the new world champion has alredy claimed he believes the 35-year-old Scot has “redeemed himself” and should be selected.
But Wiggins – never shy to be outspoken – insists the BOA’s rule should be respected.
“Being selfish, it would be great to have Dave with us on the start line in London but morally he should never be allowed to compete at the Olympics again,” he said, at the launch of Team Sky’s 28-strong rider roster for the 2012 season.
“It would be great for Mark and the team who will support him trying to win the road race. It would take the pressure off me for the road race a little as well and I can think more about the time trial.
“But after all cycling has been through, he [Millar] should never be able to do the Olympics again.”