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Chambers omitted from relay team

Chambers keen to move on after Euro win

Dwain Chambers has been left out of Great Britain's 4x100m relay team despite winning gold in the 60m at the European Indoor Championships in Turin.

UK Athletics chief Charles van Commenee told Chambers he will not feature in the sprint relay team for the World Championships in Berlin in August.

Van Commenee said his decision was not influenced by Chambers' autobiography.

"Dwain is not eligible for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and that has influenced our decision," he said.

The 30-year-old Chambers was given a lifetime Olympic ban following a two-year suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.

"It's simply a lack of opportunity to practise in competition, Dwain is not allowed to compete in most of the international meets," said Van Commenee.

The IAAF has not read the book either, so we will see whether he has brought the sport into disrepute

UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner

"We did consider the option of including him in the relay squad for Berlin, but opportunities in a competitive environment are too limited for him to prepare properly within the team.

"I want to be absolutely clear that this decision is purely about performance and the appropriate preparation for a major championship. It is not an indication of any bad feeling among British sprinters nor is it a response to the publication of any book."

However, Chambers could face sanctions from the sport's governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), following comments in his autobiography.

The IAAF is set to meet in the German capital in two weeks time to discuss whether Chambers' book, published on Monday, has brought the sport into disrepute.

Seralised extracts have caused controversy in British circles after he criticised Lord Sebastian Coe and questioned Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu's drug-testing conduct following a one-year ban for missing three out-of-competition tests in 12 months.

But Chambers - who is already barred from competing in a host of lucrative European Grands Prix by tournament organisers - could risk further alienation at international events.

If the IAAF believes the book infringes its rules, it could cancel an agreement struck three years ago with Chambers, which allows him to compete at events such as the World and European Championships - provided he pays more than 25% of all prize money to the governing body to repay his earnings while taking performance-enhancing drugs.

So far Chambers is believed to have paid a quarter of his debt, thought to be about £120,000.

But the IAAF could insist he repays the full amount before he is allowed to compete at an international event.

"It is quite concerned he is throwing that agreement back in their face," UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"But it has not read the book either, so we will see whether he has brought the sport into disrepute."

Chambers set a new British and European record on his way to gold in the 60m final on Sunday.

His time of 6.46seconds in the final was 0.04secs slower than his semi-final mark, where he smashed Jason Gardener's 10-year-old British record.


But despite the prospects of further setbacks, Chambers said he remains "optimistic".

"If I want to continue in this sport I have to keep a positive mind, keep doing the right things for the sport and keep close contact with Charles van Commenee, who has been very supportive," he said.

see also
European Indoor athletics photos
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Chambers storms to gold in Turin
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Van Commenee rues missed targets
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GB end Euros with relay silvers
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Record-breaking Chambers in final
07 Mar 09 |  Athletics
Farah cruises home to 3,000m gold
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Claxton slumps after record mark
06 Mar 09 |  Athletics
Regis threatens to sue Chambers
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