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Hamilton ruling continues to help shape doping laws

Updated: February 13, 2006, 6:11 PM ET
By Shaun Assael | ESPN The Magazine

The decision that upholds Tyler Hamilton's two-year ban is the latest in a series of landmark cases from the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport that is helping to draw the lines in the sports war on drugs.

On Dec. 13, the court issued a ruling in a case against sprinter Tim Montgomery that had a major impact. It held that prosecutors don't need a positive drug test to charge an athlete with doping. This ruling asks a different kind of question: How far does an athlete have to ...

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