Bradley Wiggins: Decision has to be made on David Millar’s Olympic participation

Bradley Wiggins believes a decision has to be made either way as to whether or not David Millar can compete at this year’s Olympic Games in London.

The Scottish rider was banned for doping in 2004 and is subject to a ban for life from the British Olympic Association (BOA) from competing at the Games, despite having returned to the saddle in 2006.

The BOA is the only national committee in the world still imposing a lifetime Olympic ban on athletes who have served a doping suspension of six months or longer.

Their stance has been challenged and deemed “non-compliant” with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) global code and the case is set to be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Wiggins would be happy to see Millar involved from a team point of view, but does not believe the Scot should be able to take part in London from a moral point of view.


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“To have David in our team purely from a performance point of view would be fantastic for Mark (Cavendish) trying to win the Olympic road race,” Wiggins said.

“It would take the pressure off me having to do a massive job that day for Mark to win because then I can think about the time trial.

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“So from a purely selfish point of view, it would be fantastic to have Dave on the start line.

“But from a moral point of view, from what cycling is trying to achieve, from what cycling’s been through the last few years, for what the Olympics stand for, he should never be able to do the Olympics again.

“It is like a mixed camp. I don’t have an opinion on it, I don’t really care about it any more to be honest.

“The fact that we’re still talking about it nearly nine years after Dave first got banned for it I think shows how behind the times perhaps we are at times with these things.

“A decision needs to be made either way. If there’s an inkling that someone can get back in, then there’s already a fault in the system somewhere.”

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