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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 March, 2004, 10:41 GMT
Chambers remains in limbo
Dwain Chambers
European 100m champion Dwain Chambers has not turned his back on athletics, BBC Sport has learned.

Reports claimed the British sprinter had quit the sport after being handed a two-year ban for a positive drugs test.

But Jonathan Barnett, who heads the management company to which Chambers belongs, says the athlete has not yet made up his mind about his future.

Chambers, who has been linked with a move to American football, insists he is innocent of knowingly taking drugs.

The 25-year-old tested positive for the designer steroid THG in August.

Barnett told the Financial Times that Chambers was disillusioned following his suspension.

I won't condone anyone who takes drugs
Jonathan Barnett
"He's sickened by the whole thing," said the head of management company The Stellar Group.

"It's hard if a man has spent most of his life concentrating on being an athlete, so it is really hard to take in what he will do. What is for sure, we are going to stand by him."

Barnett added that he felt the International Association of Athletics Federations should review the rule that holds athletes solely responsible for what is in their body.

"One thing I am convinced of: he didn't know he took it (THG). I won't condone anyone who takes drugs, they are finished with me, but I have stuck by him and I still will," said Barnett.

"This law, that if it is in your body you are guilty, is unbelievable. It is like saying a girl goes into a bar, and somebody puts date-rape pills in her drink, then she is guilty.

"I am tempted to send everything that my athletes take to the IAAF, and ask them to test it, and send it back sealed.

"The alternative can't be, 'don't take anything'. That's very naive. These athletes train every day, they need to put things in their body to replace what they take out.

"We want to know how to prevent what happened to Dwain."




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