Drug cheat Chambers deserves second chance, says shamed nutritionist Conte
14:03 GMT, 26 April 2012
British sprinter Dwain Chambers has earned a second chance according to Victor Conte, the sports nutritionist at the centre of the 'Balco' scandal that rocked athletics and saw Chambers banned for two years following a positive drug test.
Conte was jailed for the part he played in a designer steroid business but has now revealed the guilt he feels for involving Chambers.
'He trusted me like a father, and I will be forever remorseful regarding the pain and suffering I caused not only him but his entire family,' he told BBC Sport.
Second chance: Dwain Chambers deserves a new beginning, according to Victor Conte
'Dwain has rebounded from the serious mistakes he made to become a man of strong moral character – I could not be more proud of Dwain Chambers and the terrific human being he has become.'
The 34-year-old Chambers tested positive for the banned substance THG in 2003 and despite several appeals his two-year ban stood, with the British Olympic Association issuing a lifetime ban from competing for Great Britain at future Olympics, and a number of previous results were also nullified.
He made a return to the track after several other sporting ventures, including a brief foray into rugby league, failed and won gold in the 60m at the 2010 World Indoor Championships.
Gunning for the Games: Chambers wants to compete in London
Conte praised Chambers for his work away from the sport in the years following his ban and believes he should now be given the chance to compete at this summer's Olympic Games.
'It's (competing in the Olympics) become the most important thing in his life,' he said.
'I know he goes to lots of schools and
talks to lots of kids and he's doing what he can to stop them making
the very serious mistakes he did. I think he has walked the talk and
earned his opportunity.
'I've known him for a long time but
Dwain has really grown as a person, and he's someone his team-mates can
trust to be clean for the rest of his time that he competes in sport.'
Chambers is likely to discover next week if his lifetime Olympic ban from the BOA has been lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with cyclist David Millar also hoping to see the same ban overturned.