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Relay team spy silver lining to Dovy drugs scandal

24 January 2006

The Great Britain men’s sprint relay team, stripped of one set of championship medals and standing to lose another over the Dwain Chambers doping affair, may soon be asked to return a third set. But there will be no disgruntlement this time as a bizarre drugs scandal in France raises the prospect of Britain handing back bronze medals in exchange for silver.

Lueyi Dovy, who anchored the France 4 x 100 metres team to victory at the World Championships in Helsinki last year, is being questioned over suspected possession of drugs after his sister, a pharmacist, is reported to have informed police that he had asked her to look after growth hormones. Depending on the outcome, France stand to lose their world title.

Dovy was questioned and released last week before his sister turned apparent whistleblower. Depending on the evidence, or any confession dating back to Helsinki, Britain may be elevated from third place. A confession from Chambers that he was doping before his failed test cost them their 2003 World Championships medals and may now see Britain stripped of their 2002 European gold.

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