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Chambers could run in Berlin

Chambers could run in Berlin

British sprinter Dwain Chambers could compete at the opening Golden League meet in Berlin despite recommendations from other European meet organizers to keep him away because of his doping past.
Chambers won the 60 meters at the European indoor championships in Turin, Italy, on Sunday for his first major individual title since serving a two-year ban in the BALCO doping scandal. European organizers have vowed not to invite athletes with doping bans to their meets.
But Gerhard Janetzky, head of the ISTAF meet in Berlin that will kick off the Golden League series June 14, broke ranks with the Euromeetings group by saying Chambers should be allowed to compete like all other athletes who had served their bans.
"I think there should be no ban on athletes doing their profession. I am disturbed by this unequal treatment," Janetzky told Tuesday's edition of the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel. "There have been many athletes who were allowed to compete after their bans. Why should Chambers be punished differently?"
"I am surprised that Chambers is now seen by many as the root of all evil," he said.
Chambers tested positive for the previously undectable steroid THG in 2003 and was banned for two years.
While Chambers doped "intensively," Janetzky said, he had come clean about his doping past and could serve as a spokesman for an anti-doping campaign
Janetzky said he had been approached by Chambers' management about competing in Berlin.
Chambers autobiography, "Race Against Me: My Story," went on sale Monday and could land him in more trouble.
In the book, Chambers said he was a "walking junkie" who took more than 300 different concoctions of banned substances after linking up with BALCO founder Victor Conte in 2002.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said Monday that its legal experts will study the book and consider whether Chambers should be punished for "bringing the sport into disrepute."
The IAAF had previously ordered Chambers to pay back his prize money from the time he was doping, but allowed him to compete in the meantime. He still owes about $150,000.
Janetzky said Chambers still owes his meet


Updated : 2021-08-01 21:11 GMT+08:00