Chambers encouraged by head coach's comments

Sprinter Dwain Chambers is encouraged by comments from new UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee suggesting he would be welcomed back into the Great Britain team.

Chambers has a lifetime Olympic ban having tested positive for the banned steroid THG in 2003, and lost an appeal against the decision in July this year.

But Van Commenee is happy for him to represent GB in non-Olympic events like World Championships, and Chambers is pleased to feel included.

“I was very pleased to hear that from Charles – it was a surprise because I never expected such a turnaround at this stage of the season,” Chambers said.

“I was expecting more turmoil and constant questions about my past so to hear Charles say that is very warming.

“As I said it has been dragged through the mud so long and so often that everyone is tired of it.

“I think Charles has been a breath of fresh air in the sense that nobody wants to keep talking about the same old subject over and over again.

“Now Charles has said that it shows that he and UK Athletics want to move forward and hopefully with that in mind we can look to a more positive outcome next year.

“There is a window of opportunity available now and I’m going to jump right through it.

“It has been frustrating because I’ve been back since 2006 and I was welcomed back and I even competed in British grands prix upon my return in 2006.

“But the tables turned in 2008 and I’m pretty much serving my sentence all over again and to me that didn’t make any sense.”

Chambers also confirmed that he has no immediate plans to appeal against the Olympic ban which prevented him from taking part at the Games in Beijing this year.

The 30-year-old challenged for a place in the British Olympic team for Beijing in 2008, winning the 100m at the GB trials, but the High Court refused his request for an injunction against his Olympic ban.

“I am just going to leave that alone – at the end of the day I made a mistake and I have to live with it for the rest of my year,” Chambers told BBC Radio Five Live.

“I think dragging the sport back through another court case would be wrong and puts a lot of pressure on everybody so for now I am just going to leave it alone and for the next three years.

“I want to let it happen but I am not the one to instigate it. It is a hard road to get back up from and I am still somewhat subdued because of that – it’s tough when you get a knock like that and get back up again.

“It was just a shame I wasn’t able to go to Beijing but that’s in the past now.

“My career could have been over with the road I could have gone down but I have been given a lifeline and a second chance.

“In terms of a lifeline Christine Ohuruogu was given a second chance and look what she has gone on to achieve and that inspires me to want to go on and do as well as I can to try and compete with the top guys in the world.

“She was given a lifeline, won the World Championships and now she is Olympic champion.

“I was happy for her but frustrated I was not on the team to add another a medal to the tally we had of five. I am more than confident that I could have got a second or third which could have been another medal.”

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