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Chambers would give up relay spot

Darren Campbell and Dwain Chambers
Chambers (right) was in the GB relay team who won European gold in 2006

Controversial sprinter Dwain Chambers says he would stand down from Britain's relay team if his potential team-mates are against his inclusion.

A drug ban prevented him from appearing at the International meet in Glasgow, but he can compete at this year's World Indoors and World Championships.

Chambers won the 60m at the Birmingham Games on Saturday, but some British athletes have criticised his comeback.

"If people are going to have a problem with me I won't participate," he said.

The 30-year-old is in good form after clocking a personal best of 6.52 seconds in the semi-final at Birmingham's low-key event before winning the final in 6.54secs.

Fellow British sprinter Craig Pickering also impressed after winning the 60m at Glasgow in 6.57secs, and now faces a head-to-head with Chambers to qualify for the British team for the forthcoming European Indoor Championships in Turin in March.

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Both men were well inside the British qualifying standard of 6.65 seconds.

Pickering, an outspoken critic of Chambers' failed attempt to overturn his Olympic ban last year, said after his win on Saturday: "It's not my decision. If he's put in a relay team I have to deal with that."

Chambers is keen to be selected for the 4x100m relay, as well as the individual 100m, but added: "I want to run in the relay if the chance presents itself, but it will be difficult.

"The camaraderie needs to be established and I haven't had that opportunity.

"We need to have a team spirit - if there are egos and attitudes it's not going to work. It's got to be four guys working together."

After testing positive for the banned steroid THG in August 2003, Chambers completed his ban in 2005, but was prevented from competing in Glasgow because it was a competition organised by the EuroMeets Consortium.

Chambers admitted he had not heard back from any race promoters regarding his race requests and said: "It's the same as last year but I'm in a better place mentally.

Usain Bolt
Chambers is relishing a showdown with Olympic champion Usain Bolt

"I just plan out what races I can participate in. I had Birmingham on Saturday, the trials in Sheffield and European Indoors in Turin. Three races is all I've got and all I need.

"I'm having a lot more fun with my running. I don't have to worry about appealing for the Olympics. I have an easy three years to concentrate on my athletics."

With the prospect of competing against the double Olympic champion Usain Bolt at the World Championships, Chambers said: "I will definitely give him a run for his money.

"We've studied him and know what we are up against, especially after I trained with him in 2006. I want to qualify and once I'm in that final anything can happen.

"I'm optimistic, my season is going very well so far. My goal is to win medals for myself and my country, that's all I can ask for."

see also
Chambers triumphs in Birmingham
31 Jan 09 |  Athletics
Farah breaks 3000m indoor record
31 Jan 09 |  Athletics
Cash-strapped Chambers may retire
31 Dec 08 |  Athletics
Chambers 'welcome to run for GB'
29 Sep 08 |  Athletics
Chambers gives up Olympic fight
25 Sep 08 |  Athletics
Van Commenee named UKA head coach
23 Sep 08 |  Athletics
Chambers loses Olympic ban case
18 Jul 08 |  Athletics
Chambers storms to 100m victory
12 Jul 08 |  Athletics
Chambers wins silver in GB return
07 Mar 08 |  Athletics
UKA to 'close door' on Chambers
15 Jan 08 |  Athletics
Injury ends Chambers' NFL season
01 Jun 07 |  American Football
I was in gutter, admits Chambers
10 Dec 05 |  Athletics


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