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Chambers shines on track return

2 February 2008
bbc.co.uk

Dwain Chambers has raised the stakes in his dispute with UK Athletics (UKA) by easily qualifying for the UK trials for the World Indoor Championships.

The sprinter clocked 6.70 secs in his 60m heat, 6.63 in his semi-final and won the final in 6.60 - a new meeting record at the Birmingham Games.

All three times were comfortably inside the 6.90 secs standard for Sheffield.

However, UKA want to stop Chambers, who has served a two-year drugs ban, from challenging for a place in the GB team.

The 29-year-old announced he was returning to athletics a month ago after trying unsuccessfully to carve out a career in American football.

He was banned for two years in 2003 after testing positive for the designer drug THG and has not undergone an out-of-competition test since 2006.

UKA insist Chambers must be regularly drug-tested over the next 12 months before they will consider him again for GB selection.

However, the sprinter's lawyers, Ford and Warren, have made it clear if he is excluded from the trials they will take immediate legal action.

Entries for the meeting close at midnight on Sunday and a legal battle is certain to ensue if he is prevented from competing in Sheffield.

The IAAF, athletics' world governing body, has said Chambers is free to continue his stop-start career "from an anti-doping rules perspective".

Chambers claimed it was UKA's decision to take him off its drug-testing register.

"I am trying to be diplomatic because I do not want to hinder my chances of getting to the trials." he said.

"But I never took myself off the drugs register. It was their decision and, unfortunately because of that, it has left both of us in a sticky situation.

"I never said I am retiring. I am back on the register and about three weeks ago I was tested. I always kept the IAAF informed about where I was.

"I have been preparing really well and I believe I am in good shape to go and do well at the World Indoors."

The Championships take place in Valencia from 7-9 March.



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