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Chambers wants back in, UKA, Coe concerned

15 January 2008
www.world-track.org

Following media reports of British sprinter Dwain Chambers, who quit athletics to pursue a career in American Football, wanting to make a return to track action this weekend, UK Athletics is set to stop the disgraced runner’s comeback.

Chambers tested positive for the designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) in 2003 and was banned for two years, but reports revealed that the sprinter is planning to compete over 60metres at the Southern Counties Indoor Championships on Saturday.

Chambers, who has been criticized for his actions in doping, is hoping to get back to full strength with the intention of gaining a place in the Norwich Union GB team for the World Indoor Championships in Valencia in March.

“I’ve got to get in touch with my agent as the indoor season only lasts about five weeks,” said Chambers.

“I’m still in the early stage of my comeback. I just want to concentrate on my track and let my presence be known. The Olympics was always going to be a nono, but what option do I have?”

However, the UKA leaders are considering changing their selection policy in order to stop the runner from competing for the country again.

Meanwhile, Olympic legend Sebastian Coe also voiced his concerns about the comeback.

“I will leave the selection problem to UK Athletics but there’d be disquiet about him being chosen.”



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