British cyclist misses 3 tests but can ride

Britain's Lizzie Armitstead before the London 2012 road race, in which she took silver. Her appeal to the CAS was successful and she can race on Sunday.
Britain's Lizzie Armitstead before the London 2012 road race, in which she took silver. Her appeal to the CAS was successful and she can race on Sunday.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Lizzie Armitstead's Olympic reprieve has raised the eyebrows of other athletes, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that the British cyclist was free to compete in Rio despite missing three drug tests.

She had faced the prospect of a two-year ban, and missing out on the women's road race this weekend, after revealing on Monday that she had incurred three violations pertaining to her whereabouts for doping tests.

The 27-year-old subsequently appealed to CAS successfully, but other athletes have questioned the circumstances surrounding her situation.

The former British Olympic rowing gold medallist Zac Purchase posted on Twitter: "Given huge amount of resources @ their disposal, having multiple missed tests/filing failure is a monumental cockup!

"Imagine what we would be saying if she was Russian… #NotWorthIt #KeepSportClean."

The Canadian three-time former Olympian cross-country mountain biker Geoff Kabush said: "1st test understandable but I'd be hyper aware about missing 2nd. If I missed 2nd there is no chance I'd miss 3rd???

"So many questions. How is World Champ suspended for 3 weeks and no one knows? Why did British Cycling fund appeal?"

Armitstead was Britain's first medallist of London 2012 with silver in the road race and is one of the favourites for the same event in Rio on Sunday.

CAS ruled in favour of her appeal, after finding that UK Anti-Doping's control officer had failed to follow procedure and her missed test in August last year was declared void.

British runner Christine Ohuruogu, the 2008 Olympic 400m champion, was banned for a year following three missed tests in 2006.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2016, with the headline 'British cyclist misses 3 tests but can ride'. Print Edition | Subscribe