SET TO CASH IN: Dwain Chambers
DRUG CHEAT Dwain Chambers has been cleared to run in the lucrative Diamond League events. The move follows a decision by the continent’s leading promoters to drop their recommendation not to invite former drug cheats.
However, the Londoner will remain excluded from invitation meetings in Britain because UK Athletics operates its own independent ban on athletes guilty of serious doping offences.
Chambers’s reprieve comes after a meeting by Euromeetings, the umbrella body for Europe’s main athletics meets, which follows a court ruling in Switzerland last month forcing the Lausanne Diamond League meeting to invite French 1500 metres runner Hind Dehiba to run at its June 30 event.
The athlete, who was suspended for two years in 2007 after testing positive for EPO, argued that barring her from competing was a restraint of trade. She has threatened to sue meetings that have excluded her in the past.
Euromeetings has operated its voluntary ban since 2008 but meeting promoters were informed by email recently that the organisation was dropping its advice not to invite ex-offenders.
Chambers, the world indoor champion, has only been able to compete at minor events since his ban.