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Chambers comeback from doping ban gathering speed

Chambers comeback from doping ban gathering speed

With an appeal against his lifetime Olympic ban gathering momentum, Dwain Chambers was just outside "A" qualifying time for the Beijing Games again in his second 100-meter race back from a two-year doping ban.
The ex-European champion sprinter won the 100 in 10.28 seconds at the British League meet in Birmingham on Sunday.
"It was great to have the opportunity to race again and become familiar with racing," Chambers said. "That is important. I have to get back in the swing of things because it has been a while."
Chambers won his first 100 meter race since August 2006 on Wednesday, beating Mardy Scales of the United States with a time of 10.26 in the annual Papaflessia meet in Greece.
He recently completed a two-year ban by the International Association of Athletics Federations for testing positive for the steroid THG. While his times have been good enough to qualify for Britain's trials for the Beijing Games in August, Chambers is barred for life from the Olympics under guidelines set down by the British Olympic Association.
He will appeal that ban to London's High Court.
But Chambers said he is concentrating on racing and letting his lawyers take care of the appeal.
"I have learned over the years to separate the two," Chambers said. "It does not make my life any easier, but I have learned to be professional about my approach. There is a lot resting on what happens this month, but I will still remain positive and I can only try to keep my head down and keep on working."
Chambers said his lawyers were only briefing him on developments when needed.
"They want me to just concentrate on my job which I am doing and I just let them do their job and that is the best we can do," he said. "We are still going through proceedings. I don't want to push it until we are ready and then when we are ready we will take the necessary steps. It will happen at the right time."
Chambers' lawyers last week said they had waited until he posted a qualifying time for the British trials before initiating the appeals process with the BOA.
The BOA has said it is confident its Olympic doping rule would stand up in court. Although there have been 26 successful appeals against Britain's lifetime Olympic ban in the last 16 years, the legality of the rule has not been challenged in the courts.
Chambers returned to the track in January and won a silver medal in the 60 meters at the world indoor championships in March.


Updated : 2021-07-24 21:35 GMT+08:00