posted on Feb, 24 2004 @ 04:44 PM
British sprinter Dwain Chambers has been banned from competition for two years after being found guilty of taking the anabolic steroid THG. Chambers,
the European 100m champion, will also be prevented from competing in another Olympic Games.
Dwain Chambers is continuing to protest his innocence after being found guilty of failing a drugs test and banned from the sport for two years.He has
60 days to do so, a possibility his solicitor has not ruled out.
Chambers will only be 27 years old when a two-year ban expired, the chances of a successful return to the track would seem slim. Linford Christie took
Olympic gold at 32, and won the World 100m title at 33. But Chambers finds himself automatically excluded from any future British Olympic team under
BOA rules. Precedent suggests that he would struggle to make any sort of impact on his return from the athletics wilderness. For the last few years,
Chambers has been one of the biggest draws on the athletics circuit. But few sponsors want a disgraced athlete at their meet. Those profitable
invitations would soon dry up.
So what now for Chambers?
Chambers has already had a try-out with NFL Europe coaches and was due to fly to Tampa next week to receive one-on-one tuition at an NFL training
camp. Whether he could actually make it into the professional leagues is another matter. One athletics insider has already dismissed his chances as a
mere publicity stunt designed to keep him in the public eye,but some sprinters have had some success in converting into American football players.
The 1964 Olympic 100m champion Bob Hayes won a Super Bowl championship during a 10-year career with the Dallas Cowboys, while former 110 metres
hurdles world champion Renaldo Nehemiah won a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 1984 San Francisco 49ers. Also in 1985, Willie Gault, part of the
USA's gold medal-winning 100m relay team in Los Angeles, was a wide receiver on the Chicago Bears' Super Bowl-winning team.