IOC VP backs Britain on Olympic doping ban issue



LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC vice president Thomas Bach says Britain’s national Olympic body should not be punished for trying to keep doping offenders out of the games for life.

Bach heads the International Olympic Committee’s legal commission, says it is unfair that the British Olympic Association has been declared “noncompliant” with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s code.

WADA ruled that the BOA’s lifetime Olympic ban amounted to a second sanction.

Bach says it is more a case of “overcompliance” with the rules.

He says national Olympic committees should be free to impose their own sanctions within their territories.

Bach says “you have to give the NOCs the freedom to at least try to do what they can do.”