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Fewer UK athletes back lifetime bans

Updated: February 27, 2012, 1:04 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- The British Olympic Association conceded for the first time on Monday that athlete support for its lifetime doping ban has significantly declined ahead of a hearing that will determine the sanction's future.

BOA chairman Colin Moyinhan has consistently maintained that at least 90 percent of British Olympians supported world sport's toughest sanction for doping cheats.

But now Moyinhan acknowledges that support dropped to 70 percent in a recent poll of athletes.

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