Athletics: Delay over Chambers drug case

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Dwain Chambers is unlikely to appear before an independent disciplinary committee over his drugs case until the new year.

A UK Athletics official revealed that although the three-strong committee could be quickly assembled, the European 100 metres champion has not yet formally asked for it to sit. However, the sprinter's solicitor, Graham Shear, has always insisted Chambers would be asking for the hearing so all of the evidence could be heard.

UK Athletics is expecting a formal letter from Chambers' legal team before the deadline on Monday. But, given the time of year, the UKA spokeswoman confirmed it was unlikely Chambers' case would be investigated until after the festive season.

Chambers provided a positive test for the designer steroid THG (tetrahydrogestrinone) at an out-of-competition test on 1 August and his B test confirmed the original result.

If found guilty he will, almost certainly, be banned for two years. It will also mean the end of his Olympic ambitions, since the British Olympic Association imposes life bans on any athlete banned by a national association because of drugs.