Drug-cheat Chambers back in British Olympic fold

Jul 04, 2012, 09:21 IST | AFP

Convicted drugs cheat Dwain Chambers was named in Great Britain's Olympic athletics squad yesterday after his lifetime ban was overturned by world anti-doping chiefs

The 34-year-old sprinter was included in the squad for London following the conclusion of a long-running legal battle which ended when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled in his favour in April.

Dwain Chambers

Chambers, who has not competed in the Olympics since a fourth-place finish at the 2000 Sydney Games, was banned for two years after testing positive for drugs in 2003 as the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) scandal broke.

Under a British Olympic Association (BOA) bylaw, athletes testing positive for drugs were banned for life from competing at the Olympics.

However the BOA rule was declared to be in contravention of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code by CAS, paving the way for Chambers to return.

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