Chambers barred from Glasgow meet
British athletics is facing something of a false start to the top-class indoor season, with Dwain Chambers – the country's leading hope for gold at the European Indoor Championships in Turin in March – barred from running for the Great Britain team in the Aviva International at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall on Saturday 31 January and poised to steal the spotlight away from the televised showpiece meeting by competing in a minor event for club runners in Birmingham on the same afternoon.
Although UK Athletics officials have said in recent weeks that Chambers would be "welcome" in the national squad for the indoor season, the Glasgow event, while incorporating an international match involving a British team, is part of the EuroMeetings group of events, which precludes athletes who have served two-year doping suspensions.
Since serving his 24-month suspension for taking a cocktail of banned substances, Chambers has run for Britain at the European Cup and European Championships in 2006 and at the World Indoor Champion-ships in March last year. When the international season opens in Glasgow, though, he will have to compete instead at the Birmingham Games, an open event for club runners, at the National Indoor Arena – taking most of the media attention with him and maybe running a faster 60m time.
"If I can't run in Glasgow then I will run in Birmingham," Chambers said. "I don't want to take the attention away from Glasgow. I just want to race and get some good times under my belt before heading to Turin."
The European Indoor Championships in Turin open on 6 March, four days after the publication of Chambers' autobiography Race Against Me, in which he tells the inside story of his involvement in the Balco drugs scandal. One way or another, the controversial figure of the 30-year-old Londoner is sure to dominate the indoor season.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news: Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani and Gregorz Krychowiak were all linked but Wenger and Gunners fail on deadline day
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners fans devastated as they become only team in top 5 European leagues not to sign outfield player
David De Gea: Manchester United in bitter war of words with Real Madrid over failed transfer
David De Gea, Peter Odemwingie and the 18 weirdest transfer deadline day stories
Anthony Martial fee: 'Add-on' includes Manchester United signing winning the Ballon d'Or
- 2 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 3 The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
- 4 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
- 5 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...
£21000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is seeking someone w...