IOC downplays UK’s noncompliance with doping code



LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says Britain’s noncompliance with global anti-doping rules is a “technicality” that will have no effect on British athletes competing in next year’s London Olympics.

The World Anti-Doping Agency ruled Sunday that the British Olympic Association’s lifetime ban for drug offenders violates the anti-doping code. Britain is the only country with a lifetime sanction.

The BOA is expected to defend its rule at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Compliance with WADA’s code is mandatory under International Olympic Committee rules. The ultimate sanction is exclusion from the Olympics.

The IOC says Monday the BOA has “only been deemed noncompliant on a technicality” and WADA’s ruling “will have absolutely no effect on British athletes competing in London.”