UK athletics has got itself into a fine mess. It has created a situation in which they've had to select Dwain Chambers, a self-confessed drug cheat to run for the British team while publicly condemning their own decision. What a bizarre cock-up this is. Dwaine Chambers admitted to taking THG, the drug at the centre of the Balco drugs scandal, and was banned for just 2 years in 2004. Because hed supposedly 'retired' from official training to play American Football, he was not tested at all in 2007. And now he's returned, won the official selection race, and has been chosen to represent Britain - because he'd have sued UK Athletics if they hadn't picked him. UK Athletics have made themselves the laughing stock of the athletics world.
Firstly, Dwain Chambers should have been banned for far longer than 2 years, which is no more than what 'clean' athletes might suffer as the result of a serious injury. And it is outrageous that he wasn't tested at all in 2007. We know that the main benefit derived from using drugs is that it enables greater intensity in training, rather than in the race season itself. He could have been injecting and snorting up until Xmas, like a pig on growth promoters, for all we know. And now he's picked to run for the UK.
I used to love watching athletics on TV. I've been to events to spectate. Now I cannot be bothered to turn the TV on. And I won't be bothered until the rules are changed to bar convicted drug cheats from the sport. And we all know what will happen now that Mr Chambers has become mired in scandal. He'll be paid a fortune to appear in a reality TV programme, or appear on QuestionTime if he can string two words together. Grrrrrrr is about all I can think of to say.