The British track sprinter Dwain Chambers, that successfully served his 2-year suspension for application of anabolic steroids, was chosen to be the representative of Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Chambers troubles about the way to represent the native country. As for the British Olympic Association (BOA), they don’t desire to see him taking part in the Olympic Games. Several former British Olympians don’t support the steroid user too.
The British sprinter took the steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) introduced by Patrick Arnold. After Don Catlin elaborated a method that could discover intake of THG, Dwain Chambers tested positive for this steroid. It was on November 7, 2003.
Of course, administration of the steroid spoiled his reputation. When he tried to return to professional sports, the BOA decided to change the laws in order to prevent appearing of the sprinter in the 2012 Olympics. The BOA has introduced the rules which ban steroid users from Olympics for life-time.
Elaborating this rule, the BOA violated the doping code of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This factor caused many disputes and news.
The case was even presented in the Court of Arbitration for Sports. The chairman of the BOA Loyd Moynihan put essential efforts in order to prevent appearing of Dwain Chambers or other steroid users at Olympics. Sebastian Coe and Daley Thompson, former Olympians, loudly supported efforts of the BOA.
Daley Thompson stated that Britain should not compromise. He confirmed that Britain should not listen to the rest of the world that don’t want to have high standards in sports. The Court of Arbitration for Sports acted on behalf of the WADA. Chambers was allowed to represent Britain at the 2012 Olympics. This aspect turned out to be an open door for other sportspersons that have served their bans to take part in Olympics.
The cyclist David Millar and the shot-putter Carl Myerscough that have served their bans for steroid use will compete at the 2012 Olympics as well.
Despites spending much time to prevent appearing of steroid users at Olympics, the BOA finally claimed that not only Dwain Chambers but also Millar, Myerscough or any other athlete that has served a suspension successfully may compete at Olympic Games. Andy Hunt, the CEO of the BOA, has claimed that any sportsperson is treated the same way.