Dwain Chambers and David Millar are expected to learn on Monday that their lifetime bans from the British Olympic team are to be lifted.
The two athletes have been subject to the British Olympic Association's (BOA) lifetime ban for drugs cheats after being banned for doping offences eight years ago.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will announce a decision on the BOA bylaw on Monday and are expected to back the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in ruling it unlawful, which would allow the sprinter and cyclist to be selected for the London 2012 Games.
The BOA's response will be to accept the defeat with the first action to formally remove the bylaw at a full board meeting.
That will then open the way to allowing UK Athletics to select Chambers in July, and British Cycling to do the same with Millar in June.
The BOA said on Sunday it had no indication yet from CAS on which way the decision would go.
However senior figures in the organisation are resigned to defeat, in which case the BOA will concentrate on their proposals to change WADA's global code on doping.
The BOA are proposing a minimum four-year ban for a first serious doping offence, including missing one Olympics, with national Olympic committees having the autonomy to have tougher sanctions if they so choose including a lifetime ban.
Any such agreement would not come before the London Games however so would not affect Chambers' and Millar's participation.
Most anti-doping experts believe that it is more likely that WADA will agree to change the new code to increase the length of a ban for a serious offence, but will stop short of allowing different Olympic committees to have different sanctions.
Chambers tested positive for the designer steroid THG in 2003 and was banned for two years.
Millar admitted to taking the blood-boosting agent EPO and he too was banned for two years.
Both athletes have since worked closely with the anti-doping authorities to help them crack down on drug cheats.
Chambers has detailed exactly how he took the steroids to try to avoid detection while Millar is now one of the athletes advising WADA on their methods.
London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe is a fervent supporter of the lifetime ban bylaw but former Olympic triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards believes the time has come for it to be ended.
Edwards said: "Athletes should get a second chance. But two years is simply not enough. The world needs to unite and introduce four-year bans."
what do you think?
once more the rules being changed so the guilty can run free and wild and do as they please, i will never watch the olympics again. what is the point of people trying to do things the right way when people can cheat to win and be accepted back ?????
Can Zola Budd still run, or shall we ( Britain) go and dig up some more second rate athletes in the name of sport?, If you are prepared to enhance your performance through additives only to come close to winning you should call it a day and find a proper job.
they cheated and should be banned for life. WADA & CAS should ban all drugs cheats for live if they want to stop it happening. The BOA can still ban them by not picking the for the team
dont select him then
Again, you are all condemning people without any consideration for ... scientific facts. For instanced: it is well known, if I am not mistaken, the human body produces its very own natural morphine-like substances called endorphins which are chemically similar to morphine and yet, I don't know to what extent. Some years ago, I remember reading an article suggesting that even if someone eats a simple bread roll covered with seeds, this can have the same effect in the blood as some drugs. Any substance entering the human body is likely to have some kind of effect on it. What is a drug? What is not a drug? What substance does not affect the human nervous system and brain? ... What ever substances are banned, athletes will just use a different one? ...
They have been found guilty and admitted their guilt. Chambers is actually showing how he avoided detection to the BOA! So what are you talking about Adrian. These are guilty athletes. Now the other cheats need to be weeded out!
Condemnation without the facts? Millar admitted taking EPO and Chambers took the steroid THG then he (Chambers) also details his self administration so as to explian his attempt to avoid detection, You can't really beat a confession can you.
.......REWARDING CHEATS, IT WILL ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE........
Dwaine's not guaranteed a place. Does he have to finish in the top 2 at the trials? If he finishes outside the top 2, then would the selectors give him the 3rd spot if there are others in the equation? Fortunately, he's past his best and hopefully won't make it to the final, but I hope we drop the baton this time in the 4x100m if he's part of a possible medalling quartet. Imagine if the USA and the Jamaican's drop the baton and Chambers anchors GB to a gold medal. He would become one of the iconic faces of the games. It would show the athletes of tomorrow that cheats do prosper.
Flood gates open now pass me the steroids
if dwain is now clean then why not let him run,he,s represented the uk in other meetings so why not the olmpics
Are these Tory-led by any chance? Sleaze abounds.
A life ban is a life ban.
Here we go kids, take drugs and you will be rewarded by being allowed to go to the Olympics. So if your getting beat in your races take some drugs then you will win and get picked for the team......What a joke....I really hope he does not make the team, as the guy who has trianed hard and clean for the last how ever main years will lose out.. Once again England way to go
i'm glad chambers will be allowed to compete. yes, he did cheat and yes, he has been punished. show me a person who say's they've not made a mistake when they're young and i'll show you a liar. chambers has turned his life around and should be allowed to get on with it. i think a four year ban is more than adequate.
Instead of a 'life' ban, which the Court of Arbitration deemed illegal, why can't the BOA ban an athlete for say 3 Olympic games instead. Would almost ensure they wouldn't appear again. Works ok for football, match bans instead of a period of time.