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Lewis-Francis won an appeal of his Olympic ban for marijuana

23 August 2006

Sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis won an appeal of his Olympic ban and will be able to compete again for Britain despite a failed doping test last year.

The British Olympic Association has a rule that any competitor who tests positive is automatically banned from the games.

But the 100-meter sprinter, who tested positive for marijuana at the 2005 European Indoor Championships in Madrid, Spain, successfully appealed that ruling on the basis that the drug involved was not performance enhancing.

At the time, he was given a written warning by UK Athletics with no fine or suspension.

In a statement, the BOA said it accepted the view that this was a minor offense under the terms of its rules and agreed that the athlete's eligibility for selection should be immediately and unconditionally restored.

Lewis-Francis ran the last leg when Britain won the 400-meter relay at the 2004 Athens Games and repeated when the team won the same event at the recent European Championships in Goteborg, Sweden.

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