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Friday, February 08, 2008

Dwain Chambers

Over in Britain they're having quite the rhubarb about Dwain Chambers. As you may recall, he was part of the BALCO affair. His suspension is over, he wants to make the national team for the World Indoor Championships, and few if any other people want him around. Chambers threatened legal action to get on the team. Athletics Weekly, the venerable track magazine, has taken "the unprecedented step of imploring the crowd to boo Chambers when he takes to the track in Sheffield".

From the Athletics in Britain blog:
I think everyone - UKA, the fans, and especially the press, need to calm down. This is just sport. I may be a lifetime Liverpool supporter but I don't subscribe to Saint Shankly's oft-quoted line about sport being more important than life or death. Yes, Chambers took drugs, cheated and denied success to others as a result of his cheating. However, Chambers has served his suspension and under the rules of the sport, he has every right to come back and run. That doesn't mean we have to like it.

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