London 2012 - Millar slams BOA rule
British cyclist David Millar has criticised the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban for drugs cheats.
The BOA's rule that all athletes who have been found guilty of doping offences are banned from competing at the Olympics has been challenged by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
It has been deemed that the rule violates WADA's global code and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is set to rule on the validity of the by-law in the new year.
Millar, a time-trial specialist who served a two-year ban between 2004-06 for taking the drug EPO, believes the lifetime suspension is too harsh.
"A first-time offence is punished with a lifetime ban, but every case must be judged on its own merits," he told the BBC.
"Not every single athlete should be treated the same way. Cases are so different and nothing can be judged the same way.
"There is a place for lifetime bans in sport, but I'd like to think what I've been through is a shining example of being worth a second chance.
"I push very hard now to educate people on the complexities of doping within sport. We're getting better at catching cheats, but WADA are trying to universalise the sanctioning process. Every country must act under the same umbrella."
And Millar admits that he had given up hope of competing at the Olympics until WADA's intervention.
"I'd written off the Olympics a long time ago," he added. "I didn't want to challenge the lifetime ban, there are certain fights I don't want to fight and that was one of them.
"I just don't fancy being vilified any more, it's been quite a tough few years. I'm pleased WADA are fighting it.
"We'll see about London 2012, it's not something I've dreamt about. We'll leave it out there and see what happens."