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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 August 2007, 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK
Ohuruogu awaits Olympic decision
Christine Ohuruogu
Ohuruogu's ban expires on 6 August in time for the Worlds
Christine Ohuruogu must wait up to two months to find out whether her lifetime Olympic ban has been overturned.

The 400m runner, whose ban for missing three drugs tests expires on 6 August, lodged an appeal with the British Olympic Association (BOA) last month.

Triathlete Tim Don successfully had his ban for missing drugs tests overturned by a BOA Appeals Panel in May because of "mitigating circumstances".

Ohuruogu's lawyers will argue a similar case in the hope of winning an appeal.

Ohuruogu could find circumstances in her favour as the BOA is considering lightening punishments for athletes who miss drugs tests.

A BOA spokesperson said Don's case "could be positive for her", but stressed that it did not set a precedent.

UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins, however, remains hopeful a similar exception will be made for Ohuruogu.

He said: "I'd be hopeful, given the decision the BOA have given recently."



SEE ALSO
Ban 'almost destroyed' Ohuruogu
08 Jun 07 |  Athletics
Ohuruogu stunned by appeal loss
04 Apr 07 |  Athletics
Olympic chief ponders ban change
24 Jul 07 |  Olympics 2012


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