Two sprinters who have served suspensions plan to show that they are able to compete successfully without application of steroids. They desire to participate in the 2012 London Olympics. Justin Gatlin, an American runner, and Dwain Chambers, a British runner, want to show that they may win, competing clean.
They have already manifested that they are worthy to be called “Olympic champions”. While Justin Gatlin has received the gold medal, Dwain Chambers has won the bronze medal in the 60 meter sprint a1t the 2012 World Indoor Athletics Championship in Turkey.
Justin Gatlin was invited to professional sports again by the USA Track and Field and the US Olympic Committee. These 2 agencies noticed about their attitude to this runner, supporting him.
As for Dwain Chambers, it is unclear yet whether he will be allowed to take part in the Olympics. This sprinter wasn’t so supported, as Justin Gatlin was. Chambers experienced cold response from the British Olympic Association (BOA). This runner’s comeback to sports induced the decision of the BOA to ban sportspersons that have been caught taking steroids from the Olympics forever.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has warned the BOA that this decision didn’t meet criteria the WADA laws linked with prohibited drugs. The BOA decided to war on WADA and to prevent participation of Dwain Chambers for the United Kingdom in the Olympics. The BOA has taken the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
so, while Justin Gatlin was supported by the US Olympic Committee, Chambers’ case was not pleasant.
Justin Gatlin has never acknowledged that he had used steroids knowingly. But Chambers took the entire responsibility for usage of steroids.
The American sprinter tested positive for testosterone in April 2006. This athlete’s world record was annulled after the results of testing had been proclaimed. At the beginning this athlete was banned for 8 years. Later his suspension was reduced by half due to cooperation with the USADA.
Justin Gatlin didn’t admit that he had used steroids knowingly. He blamed his masseuse for application of a testosterone cream during a massage.
On the contrary, Chambers acknowledged that he had applied steroids and taken the whole responsibility for the violation of steroid laws. He was sentenced to 2-year ban. This runner lost all medals he got since 2002.
Various attitudes to these runners have displayed the difference between perceptions of sportspersons who have taken steroids by anti-doping officials in the USA and in the UK.