- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

BERLIN (AP) - Athletics chiefs may discuss how to stop British sprinter Dwain Chambers from running even though his doping ban has long expired.

Chambers, who won the European 60-meter indoor title earlier this month, has published an autobiography, in which he provides details from years of systematic doping that left him a “walking junkie.”

“The question is how to stop him from running,” said Nick Davies, spokesman for the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The IAAF’s legal experts have been studying Chambers’ book, “Race Against Me: My Story,” to see whether the sprinter can be excluded for “bringing the sport into disrepute.”

“He is free to run, he’s served his ban. Now, our experts have to see whether he can be banned under this clause,” Davies told The Associated Press ahead of an IAAF Council meeting this weekend in Berlin.

Under IAAF rules, an athlete can face penalties, including a competition ban, if found to have brought the sport into disrepute. The experts will first address the issue with the advisory board, which will then decide whether to include it in the agenda of the council meeting.

A suspension could keep Chambers from competing at the world championships in Berlin in August against Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt.

It is far from clear whether the experts will advise any action against Chambers or whether the executive would accept their recommendations or indeed even raise the subject at all, Davies said.

Chambers’ 60-meter title was his first major individual trophy since he served a two-year ban related to the doping scandal at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.

But the title was largely overshadowed by the fallout from his book, which has been serialized in the British media.

Chambers wrote that he had been taking more than 300 different concoctions of banned substances after linking up with BALCO founder Victor Conte in 2002. The doping products _ including THG, EPO and HGH _ cost him $30,000 a year, Chambers wrote.

The 30-year-old sprinter broke the European 60-meter indoor record by running 6.42 seconds in the semifinals, then won the title in 6.46 in the final in Turin, Italy.

Chambers dismissed speculation that he might be benefiting from residual effects of 18 months of massive use of doping products before he was caught and said he has been passing drug tests.

He tested positive for THG in 2003, becoming the first athlete connected to Conte to test positive for the previously undetectable steroid.

Under British rules, he remains banned for life from the Olympics. Organizers of European meets have promised not to invite athletes with past doping bans but the chief of Berlin’s ISTAF meet, the first event in the Golden League series, has said he might allow Chambers to run in June.

British athletics chiefs have confirmed that Chambers will not be part of the 400-meter relay team at the worlds in Berlin since he is ineligible for future Olympics, although he can run in the individual event.

The IAAF has ordered Chambers to pay back his prize money from the time he was doping. He still owes about $150,000.

Among other topics to be discussed by the council are ways of possibly streamlining some events and their presentations to make them more television friendly, Davis said.

No major final decisions are expected, he said.

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