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Women's tennis 'riddled' with drugs
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Modahl 'robbed of her best years'
Vivek Chaudhary, sports correspondent
Thursday July 26, 2001
The athlete Diane Modahl was unfairly treated and robbed of a chance of winning a gold medal when she was banned from athletics by the sports governing body for allegedly being involved in a drugs scandal, the court of appeal heard yesterday.
Modahl, 35, was also robbed of the best years of her sporting life, the three judges were told at the start of her appeal against a high court ruling last year that she was not entitled to £1m compensation for the way she was treated by the British Athletics Federation (BAF).
Anthony Julius, representing Modahl, said that the high court was wrong to rule against her last year and failed to recognise that some mem bers of the BAF's disciplinary committee were biased against her case.
Modahl hit the headlines after testing positive for drugs prior to the 1994 Commonwealth Games and was subsequently banned for four years by the BAF. The court was told yesterday that even though an independent appeal panel lifted the ban in July 1995 and Modahl was cleared of drug taking, she never had the chance to recover lost earnings or legal costs.
Mr Julius said: "The court's reluctance to intervene in cases involving sporting bodies must be overcome in cases such as the claimant's which is in truth a livelihood case."
The court was told that Modahl and her husband had sold their house to pay for the legal costs of the case and that she had never received an apology from the BAF, which went into liquidation as a result of challenging her legal case. The organisation has been superseded by UK Athletics, the governing body for athletics in the country.
Mr Julius said that the high court should have intervened in Modahl's case because her livelihood had been affected by the BAF's decision and because it had been independently proved that she was innocent of the drugs allegations.
Modahl, who was the 1990 Commonwealth Games 800m champion, is claiming £480,000 spent on legal fees and medical advice plus a similar figure in damages over the way her case was handled by the BAF.
Mr Julius also told the court that the BAF's decision to ban Modahl prevented her from winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Canada in 1994, for which she was favourite and that this deprived her of valuable income.
Modahl said in a statement that she was considering running next year at the Commonwealth Games.
The case continues.