London 2012 Games: Dwain Chambers deserves chance, insists his drugs supplier

Let Dwain run! Chambers deserves chance, insists his drugs supplier



20:25 GMT, 26 April 2012

All smiles: Chambers at training in Jamaica

All smiles: Chambers at training in Jamaica

Dwain Chambers deserves the chance to
compete at the London Games, according to the sports nutritionist who
supplied him with the designer drugs that resulted in his lifetime
Olympic ban.

Chambers expects to hear next week
that he is cleared to compete for an Olympic place after missing the
last two Games, and Victor Conte says that he has earned it.

Conte, who was jailed for his part in
his Californian company Balco's designer drug business, told BBC
Sport: 'He goes to schools and talks to lots of kids and he's doing what
he can to stop them making the mistakes he did.

'He has walked the talk and earned his opportunity. Dwain has rebounded
from the serious mistakes he made to become a man of strong moral

'I could not be
more proud of Dwain and the terrific human being he has become. He
trusted me like a father, and I will be for ever remorseful regarding
the pain and suffering I caused not only him but his entire family.'

Former British No 1 Simeon Williamson backed Chambers and has joined him in Jamaica as part of former world record-holder Asafa Powell's training group.

And yesterday Glen Mills, coach to world
record-holder Usain Bolt and world champion Yohan Blake, supported
Chambers, saying: 'I don't believe in life sentences.'

Backing: Marlon Devonish

Backing: Marlon Devonish

Meanwhile, Marlon Devonish and Britain's other top sprinters are happy to welcome Chambers back but Devonish, speaking from his training camp in Arizona, thinks bans should be longer for drug cheats.

'I think the whole world should have the same system and that the ban should be longer – four years would be about right,' said Devonish.

'Four years means you miss an Olympics and that is more of a deterrent.'

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