Disgraced British rider David Millar has been given the chance to redeem himself in the Olympic Games after being named in the Great Britain cycling squad for the upcoming London Olympic Games 2012.
The 35 year old Millar had been banned from cycling for two years after he was found to have been guilty of taking the banned substance EPO, a blood booster in 2004.
He missed the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008 at Athens and Beijing because he was banned from the Olympic Games for life but had that ruling overturned just two months back in the courts, making him eligible for selection for the London Olympic Games and today, he has been named in the squad alongside the likes of Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome and others.
David Millar has been shortlisted for the final selection with seven other riders who are fighting for five spots in the team for the Olympic road race that takes place on the 28th of July. However, according to the reports that have been received, it is highly likely that he will be named in the final list as well along with the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Cavendish.
Sir Chris Hoy, who was named in the squad for track cycling, was, however, not pleased with the selection of Millar to the Great Britain Olympic team. Hoy doesn’t have anything personal against his fellow Scotsman and stated that he will have no problems in welcoming him to the team with open arms but his inclusion in the side sends out the wrong message to the youngsters.
But Hoy did mention that it was unfortunate that the ban by the British Olympic Association on David Millar has been overturned but as long as someone lines up next to him in a British jersey, he will not have any problems.