Dwain Chambers looks ever more likely to return from Olympic exile and compete at London 2012.
It follows reports that the British Olympic Association (BOA) are resigned to losing their court battle to keep their lifetime ban for drugs cheats.
Next week the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will deliver its long-awaited ruling after the BOA challenged the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) for declaring the ban "non-compliant".
ITV News' Sports Editor Steve Scott reports:
Chambers served a two-year ban from the WADA after the sprinter tested positive for systematic use of anabolic steroids in 2003, but was barred from the Olympics for life.
The BOA's communications director Darryl Seibel admitted they were still in the dark over what would happen.
The eventual decision would not just affect Chambers but cyclist David Millar, who is also serving a lifetime ban from the BOA for doping.
World road race champion and Olympic hopeful Mark Cavendish has repeated his desire to ride alongside him at London 2012.
Talking exclusively to ITV at the launch of a partnership between Team Sky and Jaguar, he said: "I would like David Millar to ride the Olympic road race with me."
He denied previously saying that Millar deserved a chance to ride at London 2012.
Four-times Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy insisted if the BOA loses its battle, it will be bad news for sport.