Drug-rule change could see sprinter cleared to compete for England at 2014 Glasgow Games
A change in drug rules at Commonwealth Games England could see Dwain Chambers cleared to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Chambers’ last appearance at a Commonwealth Games was in Manchester in 2002 and saw him suffer with cramp in the final of the 100m. In 2003 he received a two-year ban for taking performance-enhancing drugs and he later admitted that the cramp was a side effect of those drugs.
The 34-year-old was allowed to compete for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games after the British Olympic Association lost its legal battle to keep its lifetime ban on former drug cheats.
The BOA’s legal battle saw the Court of Arbitration for Sport rule that their ban did not comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency code as it resulted in a punishment more than the code’s compulsory two-year suspension.
As the England Commonwealth Games team follows a similar ruling to that of the BOA, it seems they may also have to follow suit and change their rules, which could see a 36-year-old Chambers line up for England.
A team spokesman told the Telegraph that as Commonwealth Games England is a direct signatory to the WADA code, like the BOA, the ruling over lifetime bans was being reviewed.
“We are discussing the matter of lifetime bans with our legal team and it will also be raised at a future board meeting,” the spokesman told the Telegraph.
The Telegraph also reports this week that BT is in advanced negotiations with UK Athletics for a major new sponsorship deal.
BT is launching its own dedicated sports channel this summer and is said to be close to finalising a multi-million-pound deal with UKA.