Chambers handed Olympic spot
Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012
Dwain Chambers has been named in the Great Britain athletics team for London 2012, 12 years on from his last appearance at an Olympic Games, but the stunning pick of Lynsey Sharp as the only athlete in the women's 800 metres provided the headline selection.
Controversial sprinter Chambers will compete over 100m in the capital next month after being included in a 71-strong squad for the Games named by the British Olympic Association.
Chambers, 34, finished fourth in the 100m in Sydney in 2000, but has not featured in the Olympics since following his two-year suspension for systematic drug use and the imposition of the BOA's lifetime ban. However, the BOA ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport earlier this year, paving the way for him to compete at a home Olympics.
But the real story came in the women's 800m as former World Championship bronze medallist Jenny Meadows was among four athletes with the 'A' standard time left out in favour of Sharp.
Chambers was not able to secure his place in London automatically as, despite winning the trials in Birmingham, he failed to run the 'A' qualifying standard of 10.18 seconds.
However, that victory ahead of his domestic rivals as well as his past performances have proved enough to gain selection.
His place on the team had looked a certainty ever since he was given the option of not chasing the qualifying time at last week's European Championships in Helsinki.
Chambers was joined in the 100m by teenager Adam Gemili, the British number one this season, and James Dasaolu, who were second and third at the trials and have both run the 'A' standard.
Chambers said: ""It is a real honour to be selected as part of Team GB. For me representing my country in an Olympics is a privilege that should never be taken for granted. To be given the opportunity to do so in my home town has been a dream that at times has seemed very distant and is now a reality.
"It is now my responsibility to prepare fully for the 100m, the relay, to support all my fellow athletes and all my other colleagues within Team GB. It is a very proud day and I thank the selectors for the confidence and faith they have placed in me."
If I doped my horse to make go faster to win more money I would be criminalised and banned from racing.
Athletics along with most other sports are driven by the cash rewards in sponsorship and prizes. To enhance your performance above your natural ability for potential financial gain should be illegal as well as is morally wrong. If a person uses any drug for pleasure or performance improvement and not finacial gain, than so be it, I.E. as happens with non-competitive body building or recreational use (but stupid because of the life threataning side effects). He should stay banned.
The British AA made their decision to ban this guy for life, which is their standard policy, if you take drugs to enhance your performance you are out! Overturned by a European court, so the honest athletes now have to put up with a cheat, should not have been allowed, he knew the rules!
This sends the message out that it's OK to cheat, you'll get a couple of years suspension but then will be allowed back in as if nothing happened.
Chambers should do the decent thing and withdraw from the squad. Give a younger, honest athlete a chance. I dont want this DRUG ADDLED CHEAT representing my country. Dwayne..........take a fast run off a short pier and crawl back under the rock you came from.
cheaters should be banned for life and thats the end of it regardless of its a small or large things banned is banned
As a old staunch supporter of all things BRITISH it breaks my heart to say I will not support this British team with a proven drug cheat as one of its members.
I am ashamed to know that Chambers is supported by team G B.
Ok kids if you want to be an athlete take your drugs now and we will ban you for a couple of years
and then because we re so desperate to win we will let you run again.
Should have been banned for life the cheating git. Come Back Ben Foster all is fogiven.
I had a friend in the Air Force he got caught once. Lost his job and career. No second chance for him.
Hope he faults in first heat. 1 less event I shall watch
waste of a good place ....should have gone to a NON CHEATER......rather come in second honestly than first by cheating.once a cheat always a cheat.
lets have two sets of competitions
those who never take drugs and are tested every time
those who want to run the fastest regardless of what they are doing to their bodies
we may see someone run the 100 metre's in 5 seconds
sorry Mr.. Chambers you should not be there
Bloody outragous...........I say this to the selectors "What message are you sending to our young athletes......Well if you dont know it's this......"Take drugs.."get caught"...."get Banned for life".......But dont worry......We will lift the ban for cheating with drugs...and you can carry on.......Bloody outragous...
In the Uk you gotta be a loser to be a winner........It's a sick society.......
Once a druggie...........always a druggie!
Nobody who cheated in their sport should ever be allowed to compete again for their country!