Reduced ban will allow Lea to compete in Rio


WASHINGTON: Bobby Lea, a two-time US Olympic cyclist, has had a doping ban reduced from 16 months to six by a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) panel, restoring his hopes of competing at the Rio Olympics. The US Anti-Doping Agency announced on Friday that a three-member CAS panel had upheld the doping violation against Lea first imposed by the American Arbitration Association. But in considering Lea’s appeal, the CAS panel decided to trim most of the ban’s length while maintaining the start date of September 10, 2015, when he accepted a provisional suspension. As a result, instead of his ban ending in January of 2017, Lea’s period of ineligibility will conclude on March 10, allowing him the chance to qualify for the US squad and compete in Brazil if he is selected for the team.



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