Hearing into Britain's doping ban set for March

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LONDON (AP) -- Sport's highest court will determine at a hearing in March whether Britain can keep its lifetime Olympic ban for doping cheats.

The British Olympic Association filed a formal appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport last year, challenging a decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency to declare the British body "noncompliant" with global doping rules.

CAS said on Monday that the hearing will be held on March 12.

WADA has declared that the BOA's lifetime rule amounted to a second sanction and failed to comply with the World Anti-Doping Code. The BOA maintains its bylaw is an eligibility issue, not a sanction.