David Millar has received something of a reprieve by getting the green light to compete in the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Following his two-year racing ban in 2004, British officials refused to allow Millar to represent national colors in such events as the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games, but allowed him to race the world road cycling championships.
Millar, 32, will represent his native Scotland in the upcoming Commonwealth Games, to be held in Delhi, India October 3-14, 2010.
Millar’s vocal and high-profile stance against doping and his open and candid admissions of his own mistakes were key to officials mulling an appeal lodged by Millar to lift the competitive ban.
“The CGS Board felt that since his return to cycling David has become an active campaigner and educator about doping in sport and has gone to great lengths to rehabilitate himself and share his experiences with others in an attempt to promote the anti-doping message,” said Scottish cycling federation chief executive Jon Doig. “David has now been cleared to compete for Scotland in Delhi subject to achieving the necessary performance selection standards.”
As a condition of his clearance to compete for Scotland, Millar has agreed to deliver an anti-doping seminar for young Scottish athletes.
“I am absolutely delighted with the decision. It would be an honor to race for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and to give something back to the country that has given me so much,” Millar said in a statement. “I made mistakes as a younger athlete in a dirty sport, and I will have to live with those mistakes for the rest of my life, but I have changed and I know I bring something beneficial to not only cycling but also sport as a whole.”
Whether or not this move signals a way for Millar to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London remains to be seen.