Chambers wins right to compete at indoor trials
Wednesday 06 February 2008
Dwain Chambers has called UK Athletics' bluff and won the right to compete at this weekend's Norwich Union World Indoor trials. The domestic governing body wanted to exclude the 29-year-old sprinter, who returned to athletics in 2006 after a two-year doping ban, because he had not been on their out-of-competition drug-testing register for a minimum of 12 months before his latest comeback following the collapse of his American Football career.
But Chambers' claims that he had not asked to be dropped from the register, and that he had continued to let the International Association of Athletics Associations know of his whereabouts, were confirmed this week by the international body. And as his lawyers prepared to serve an injunction on UKA, the domestic authorities reluctantly gave way.
So Chambers, who last Saturday won the Birmingham Games 60m in 6.60sec – well inside the qualifying time of 6.90 – will now line up against a field including Craig Pickering, who won in 6.57sec at Glasgow last month.
UKA will hope that Pickering claims the title, which offers the only automatic qualifying place. Should Chambers win, its only prospect of preventing him appearing at next month's World Indoor Championships in Valencia would be through "exceptional circumstances", which would almost certainly trigger legal retaliation.
Niels de Vos, the UKA chief executive, acknowledged yesterday that under IAAF rules there were no grounds to bar Chambers, who tested positive in 2003 for the steroid THG. "I am relieved and delighted about UKA's decision allowing me to run," Chambers said. "I would like to thank Mr de Vos personally. As for the future, I just want to concentrate on Sunday."
Latest in Sport
Neil Warnock sacked: Crystal Palace confirm manager Warnock has been axed following the Boxing Day defeat to Southampton
Manchester United vs Newcastle match report: Brilliant Wayne Rooney scores twice to fire up United's unlikely title challenge
Manchester United injury news: Angel Di Maria unlikely to face Spurs as Marouane Fellaini's 'mystery illness' turns out to be rib injury
Arsenal vs QPR player ratings: Could anyone outshine new Gunners hero Alexis Sanchez and who was worse than villain Olivier Giroud?
Manchester United 3 Newcastle 1: 'I'm playing like Paul Scholes,' says Wayne Rooney
- 1 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 2 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Sussex couple die in suspected Christmas Day 'suicide pact'
- 5 The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...