British shot-putter Carl Myerscough is to challenge his lifetime ban from competing at the Olympic Games.
Myerscough failed a drugs test in 1999
The British record holder tested positive for anabolic steroids in 1999 and served a two-year suspension.
A British Olympic Association bylaw rules him out of taking part in any Olympic Games.
But Myerscough's solicitors are to test the ruling, with a view to the Briton being cleared for Athens 2004.
The 24-year-old will argue that national associations in other countries accept that the serving of any suspension imposed is punishment enough.
UK Athletics performance director Max Jones said: "We have sympathy with his
case and it seems the BOA is out of culture with everyone else."
However, BOA spokesman Philip Pope countered: "We are very comfortable with
the rule which was clarified after the Sydney Olympics."
UK pole vault record holder Janine Whitlock is also appealing against the bylaw following a failed drugs test in June 2002 so she too can compete in Athens next August.