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Chambers to deliver drugs dossier

The Victor Conte letter Dwain Chambers will deliver to UK Sport
Conte's frank account of what Chambers was on is gold dust for the testers

By Matt Slater

Dwain Chambers is set to give a remarkable chapter-and-verse account of his drugs regime in 2003 to Britain's anti-doping authorities.

The sprinter will also reveal how drugs cheats are continuing to outsmart the testers and get away with it.

The explosive information is contained in a letter, which BBC Sport has seen, from his supplier Victor Conte for British anti-doping chief John Scott.

Chambers will deliver the letter when he meets Scott in London on Friday.

The meeting will take place at the headquarters of UK Sport, the agency which funds elite sport in this country and currently runs Britain's anti-doping program.

Scott first called on Chambers to come forward in an interview with BBC Sport in March. Chambers' camp contacted him two days later to schedule a meeting.

"I can confirm we are meeting John Scott," the sprinter's lawyer Nick Collins told BBC Sport.

"The intention is to open up a dialogue with UK Sport and to be as helpful as possible in their fight against doping. We will be taking the letter with us and discussing its contents."

Chambers failed a test in 2003 for the designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) but that was only one of seven banned substances the 30-year-old Englishman was taking at the time.

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THG, or "the clear", was the premier doping product supplied by Conte's Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (Balco), the California-based sports supplement firm which would become more famous for its sideline in performance-enhancing drugs.

All of the substances Chambers was taking are listed in former Balco boss Conte's letter, as are the schedules for their use and the amounts that were administered.

Conte has told BBC Sport this combination of drugs, which was put together with the 2003 World Championships in mind, was the "most sophisticated doping program in the history of sport".

The document, which reads like a cheat's charter, reveals:

• Chambers was taking THG, a testosterone/epitestosterone cream, blood-boosting drug EPO, human growth hormone, insulin, a "wakefulness agent" called modafinil and liothryonine, a synthetic form of thyroid hormone. Conte lists the brand names and amounts used of each drug.

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• The majority of these substances were used in "three weeks on, one week off" cycles through the winter, which is when sprinters do the bulk of their strength training. They would be taken - usually on Monday, Wednesday and Friday - in conjunction with an intense weight-lifting programme.

• While Chambers was using THG, which was designed to be undetectable, fast-acting testosterone would also have passed most tests. Oral testosterone clears the system in less than a week and testosterone creams and gels even faster.

• Athletes to this day, Conte claims, are using "duck and dodge" tactics to get away with cheating. These include filling up their mobile phones with bogus messages so they cannot be reached by the testers and putting misleading information on their "whereabouts" form.

• Cheats skip tests whenever they are worried about a possible fail. As they are allowed three misses in an 18-month period, this amounts to two free passes. Conte believes the missed-test allowance should be reduced to one.

• Not enough no-notice testing is done during the off season, according to Conte. He says more than half of all out-of-competition testing should be done between 1 October and the end of year, when cheats are most likely to be doping. Despite his calls for action, the majority of testing is still done during the competitive season.

Chambers, who completed his two-year ban in 2005, has never before revealed the details of his doping program but has promised Scott full disclosure when they meet.

But what may prove more useful to Scott - and whoever replaces him as Britain's anti-doping tsar when the new National Anti-Doping Organisation is set up later this year - is access to Conte himself.

I have more information I would like to provide but I will leave that for another time

Victor Conte
Chambers, who impressively claimed a 60m silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in March, has remained close to Conte and still receives nutritional advice from him.

The 57-year-old American, who served a four-month prison sentence for conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering, is determined to reinvent himself as a poacher-turned-gamekeeper. He is also back in the sports supplements business, although this time they are legal.

Conte, who is now free to travel after serving a two-year probation period, says he is willing to fly to London to help UK Sport improve its detection methods.

"I have provided detailed information to both Usada (United States Anti-Doping Agency) and Wada (World Anti-Doping Agency) in attempt to help them establish more effective testing policies and procedures," said Conte.

"I certainly have more information I would like to provide to the British authorities but I will leave that for another time."

Chambers, who has just completed a month-long trial with rugby league side Castleford, has returned to sprint training with a view to competing in the British trials for this summer's Olympics in Beijing.

Any success in those trials, however, will be hollow unless he can overturn the lifetime ban imposed upon him by the British Olympic Association.

A decision on whether Chambers will challenge that ban in the High Court is believed to be imminent.


see also
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Chambers returns focus to running
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Chambers to meet anti-doping boss
02 Apr 08 |  Athletics
Chambers 'must help drugs fight'
26 Mar 08 |  Athletics
Chambers 'in right frame of mind'
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Conte explains doping loopholes
13 Dec 07 |  Sport Homepage
How to beat the drugs cheats
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Balco boss released from prison
30 Mar 06 |  Athletics


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