The Telegragh reported on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 that Dwain Chambers is preparing for the Olympics. He won't know for a few months whether he'll get to participate in the Games, but he likely won't. However, if his banishment were to be overturned this year, he'll be ready. "No athlete has the green light," he concedes. "You still have to go out there and qualify."
But, if allowed to compete, it would be a surprise if the "fastest man in London" doesn't make the cut.
Chambers is one of the fastest sprinters in the world, actually.
In an interview, he says he watched as Usain Bolt broke the record for the 100 meter sprint in 2008, and was inspired. He admits that "as tough as it was, [he] did enjoy it."
The London native has been banned from the Olympics since 2003 for using THG. He appealed the ban for the 2008 Beijing Games, but his appeal was denied. He will likely be ineligible to compete in the upcoming games. London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe has been reported by The Daily Mail to have said "I am clear cut on the Chambers case - I don't think there is room for drug cheats in sport."
However, Chambers has devoted himself in the years since to the cause of warning young athletes of the dangers of doping. In his autobiography, "Race Against Me," he contends that many Olympic competitors continue to use banned substances.
At 33-years-old, the sun is near setting on the runner's career. If Chambers can prove that he no longer uses banned substances, I think he should be allowed to compete in 2012. After all, how often are the Games held in your hometown? I don't agree with using drugs to enhance performance, but there's also something to be said for forgiveness. Nearly ten years after the fact, surely it's all out of his system by now.
The Telegraph speculated that there's still a chance "the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) [might] rule that the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban on former drug cheats is illegal and unenforceable." For Chambers' sake, I hope it does.
Even though I'm an American, and I support Team USA, my heart also goes out to Chambers, who made a terrible mistake early in his career, and I'd love to see him run in London during the 2012 Olympic Games. It would be a great way for him to end his career.
Angela Woods is a fan of the Summer Olympics. She is looking forward to the 2012 Games in London.
- London 2012