Despite bad relations with UK Athletics authorites, sprinter Dwain Chambers was named on Tuesday in Britain's squad for next month's world indoor championships. Chambers was suspended for doping reasons between 2004 and 2006.
Sprinter Dwain Chambers was named on Tuesday in Britain's squad for next month's world indoor championships after UK Athletics (UKA) said they had no choice but to pick him. UKA had wanted to prevent the former drugs cheat from
competing in last weekend's trials because he has not been regularly dope tested by them since 2006 after trying to break
into the NFL last year, but they were overruled by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Chambers duly won the 60 metre sprint in emphatic style, a victory that earned automatic selection as long as UKA did not
use an "extraordinary circumstances" clause to omit the 29-year-old. In a statement, the British governing body said Chambers met the selection criteria but his participation in Valencia on March 7-9 deprived young athletes who were committed "to ongoing participation in a drug-free sport."
Chambers tested positive for the designer steroid THG in 2003 and was banned for two years. He later admitted he had been taking the banned substance for 18 months before he was caught. "The Committee was unanimous in its desire not to select Dwain," UKA said.
"Taking him to the world indoors deprives young, upwardly mobile, committed athletes of this key development opportunity
"...it is extremely frustrating to leave young athletes at home; eligible for Beijing, in possession of the qualifying standard and committed to ongoing participation in a drug-free sport. "In contrast, we have to take an individual whose sudden
return, especially when considered against his previous actions and comments, suggests that he may be using the whole process for his own ends."
UKA said they would now "explore ways in which future selections can be made to match the true 'spirit' of our sport." UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins told Sky Sports News: "Dwain knows my stance and he has known of my stance for quite a while.
"But he will be a full member of my team and we will do our professional job to support him to do the best that he possibly
can." Under British Olympic Association rules, Chambers is banned for life from representing the country at any future Olympics because of his doping ban.
Chambers, who was stripped of the European 100 metres title he won in 2002, briefly returned to athletics in 2006 and was a member of Britain's gold-medal winning 4x100 relay team at the European championships that year.
Date created : 2008-02-13