x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

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