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Chambers welcome at Berlin event

Dwain Chambers in action in Turin
Chambers broke the British and European 60m record in Turin

Dwain Chambers can compete at the Golden League meeting in Berlin on 14 June, he has been told by organisers.

The Berlin meet is breaking ranks with the Euromeetings group, which represents 51 promoters and has banned drug offenders from its events.

Chambers, who on Sunday won 60m gold at the European Indoor Championships, tested positive for THG in 2003.

"I am surprised Chambers is viewed as the root of all evil," said meet director Gerhard Janetzky.

"There have been plenty of athletes who were allowed to start after sitting out their ban so why should Chambers' punishment be worse?"

Janetzky's decision is a timely fillip for Chambers, who has been left out of Great Britain's 4x100m relay team for the World Championships in Berlin in August, despite his gold medal-winning performance in Turin at the weekend.

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UK Athletics chief Charles van Commenee said his decision was not influenced by Chambers' controversial autobiography, which was published last Monday, but rather by the fact that Chambers is not eligible for the 2012 Olympics.

Chambers was given a lifetime Olympic ban by the British Olympic Association following his two-year suspension for doping.

Janetzky said Chambers, who recently revealed he had taken a cocktail of more than 300 drugs in one year, could race against Olympic sprint sensation Usain Bolt, former world record holder Asafa Powell or American Tyson Gay in Germany.

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

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



see also
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Chambers storms to gold in Turin
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Record-breaking Chambers in final
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Regis threatens to sue Chambers
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Time to forgive Chambers - Van Commenee
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