Hoy 'sad' over expected defeat
Sir Chris Hoy has said it is "sad" that the BOA are resigned to losing a court battle to keep their lifetime ban for drugs cheats.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will deliver a ruling next week after the British Olympic Association challenged the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) for declaring the ban "non-compliant".
Although the BOA have had no indication from the court, senior officials have said they are preparing for defeat. It means that sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar, who have both previously served bans for doping, now look set to be part of Team GB for the London 2012 Olympics.
Hoy, the four-times Olympic cycling champion, told BBC Sport: "It will be sad if we have to fall in line with the rest of the world.
"I don't see anything wrong with having more stringent rules. I think it should be the rest of the world that's falling in line with our rules.
"If you are caught for taking drugs, then you will not be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games. That, to me, is a good incentive not to take drugs.
"If you take that away, are you taking a step back in the fight against drugs?"
London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe expressed his support for the BOA's bylaw.
"My position on this is well known," he said.
"I think it is right for sporting organisations to have the autonomy to decide who they want to see in their teams.
"But I'm not going to speculate because we don't know yet what the final decision is."
BOA communications director Darryl Seibel added that there had been no guidance at all from CAS.
He said: "We have not yet received the decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, nor have we been given an indication of what the decision will be. We do, however, expect to receive the decision in the coming week.
"We continue to believe that it is important to defend our selection policy and the right for every National Olympic Committee to determine their own eligibility standards for selection to their Olympic teams.
"It is also important to make certain the voice of British athletes is clearly heard and their commitment to clean competition clearly understood."