Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Updated: July 14, 9:04 PM ET
Stockdale has lifetime ban lifted
LONDON -- A British equestrian competitor found guilty of a
doping offense in 2002 had his lifetime Olympic ban lifted
Wednesday, allowing him to compete in the Athens Games.
The International Equestrian Federation had banned Tim Stockdale
after a prohibited sedative was found in the urine of his horse at
an international competition July 30, 2002.
Stockdale and his horse were disqualified, and the rider was
fined. Under British Olympic Association rules, any competitor
found guilty of a doping offense is ineligible to compete for the
British Olympic team.
But Stockdale appealed, and a BOA panel ruled in his favor on
grounds the offense was "minor."
BOA chief executive Simon Clegg said the lifetime ban was meant
primarily for cases involving drugs ``of a performance enhancing
nature.'' He said the appeals panel considers cases of ``minor
nature'' or those involving ``significant mitigating