Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Formula One 2014: Complete schedule, standings, driver info

Chambers gives up hope of overturning Olympic ban

The British sprinter Dwain Chambers has given up his battle to overturn a lifetime Olympic doping ban.

LONDON // The British sprinter Dwain Chambers has given up his battle to overturn a lifetime Olympic doping ban, but still is targeting gold at other major competitions. The 30-year-old runner, who served a two-year ban after testing positive for the steroid THG in August 2003, lost a High Court ruling earlier this year against the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban. He had wanted to compete in the Beijing Olympics.

"The decision has already been made and I think I'll have to leave it alone," Chambers told Sky Sports. "Unless the BOA were prepared to change then maybe, but if they're not then we can't because we don't have the financial backing to go through something like that all over again." The former European 100 metre champion has said that his doping past has weighed heavily on his personal life. "I don't want to put myself through it and I don't want to put the sport through it all over again," Chambers said. "I tried my luck but it didn't work so I think it's best to move on, let the past be the past and make the next three years the best I can make."

"At the moment I just want to focus on the World Championships next year and maybe then we can start looking ahead." After a failed experiment with American football, Chambers returned to the track at the start of this year and won silver in the 60 meters at the World Indoor Championships in March. He had a short-lived stint in rugby league in April. With the 2012 London Olympics out of reach, Chambers plans to run at the European Indoors in Turin, Italy, in March and the World Championships in Berlin in August.

"I want to go hard on the indoors again and hopefully I'll get a few more races and repeat the kind of performances I did this year, but maybe this time with a gold medal," Chambers added. "That will create great morale for the team and will obviously help boost everyone's confidence as well as mine ahead of the outdoors." *Reuters

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Glenn Maxwell's knock that followed ensured Brendon McCullum's knock went in vain after his explosive half-century took Chennai Super Kings past the 200-mark. Ravindranath K / The National

All is well with Punjab as Maxwell and Miller seal win against Chennai

The Australian missed out on a century but his 95 runs, along with Miller's unbeaten half-century, ensured Kings XI scaled a mighty peak of a target in a hot first game of Abu Dhabi's double-header.

 Sunderland manager Gus Poyet protests during the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at The Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northeast England, on March 15, 2014. Ian MacNicol / AFP

Sunderland going out of Premier League with a grumble

Northeast club have underwhelmed during seven-year stay in the top flight

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 At 105 kg, Gabrielle Garcia has dominated the world circuit and loves many things about being in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Garcia seeks fresh challenge in MMA after her jiu-jitsu domination

Brazilian prides being a lioness in the sport but feels she can shed 25kg weight to pursue her MMA debut aspirations.

 England's Jonathan Trott hits out during the ICC Champions Trophy semi final match against South Africa at The Oval cricket ground, London June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Philip Brown

England’s Jonathan Trott sidelined with stress-related illness again

Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from professional cricket because of his stress-related illness as England and Wales Cricket Board and Warwickshire confirmed he will stop playing with immediate effect.

 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium on April 13, 2014 in Swansea, Wales. Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

‘That’s why we are a top club’ says Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

Jose Mourinho’s men will temporarily claim the Premier League top spot if they beat Sunderland, leaving them in control of their own destiny in the title race ahead of a crucial trip to face Liverpool at Anfield on April 27.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National