Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Win or Bust as Chambers Waits to Learn Fate; Facing the Music: Disgraced Sprinter Dwain Chambers Arrives at the High Court Yesterday

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Win or Bust as Chambers Waits to Learn Fate; Facing the Music: Disgraced Sprinter Dwain Chambers Arrives at the High Court Yesterday

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Byline: Matthew Beard

BRITISH Olympic chiefs will have to pick Dwain Chambers for their Beijing team if he wins his case in the High Court today.

The sprinter will hear if he has been granted an injunction on a lifetime ban under a British Olympic Association bylaw.

If he does, UK Athletics will be bound by their own rules to recommend for him for the Beijing squad as one of the two fastest British sprinters at last week's Olympic trials.

Chambers, banned from the Games because of his past use of performanceenhancing drugs, last week ran 100metres in 10.0 seconds the fastest time for a Briton in seven years.

There will be no time for an appeal against a judgement, as UK Athletics must meet to pick the remaining nine athletes for Team GB ahead of the International Olympic Committee's deadlines for squads tomorrow night.

Under IOC rules, changes to the squad after that can only be made if an athlete picks up a new injury or is expelled from the team for fresh doping offences.

" It is accepted that if Chambers wins his case he is on the plane to Beijing and no one can intervene after that." said a source.

The bylaw banning Chambers was introduced in 1992 to stop drugs cheats from representing Britain and has been appealed successfully 27 times, though never in court. With his client sat, DAYS TO GO poker- faced, behind him yesterday, barrister Jonathan Crystal argued that the ban was a " restraint of trade" because although the Games is an amateur event, the " spin- offs" for an Olympian not just the medalists can be lucrative.

He illustrated this with ski- jumper Eddie " the Eagle" Edwards, an Olympic flop who became a celebrity. " If he [ Chambers] doesn't go to Beijing then he walks off into the sunset," said Crystal.

" If he does, then there are further and better opportunities." He added: " I can't really put it better than the man on the street would. You've done your time now move on, whereas the BOA would say you've done your time but as far as we are concerned you can't move. There is an obvious expectation that if you have completed your sanction you get on with your life. …

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