Dwain Chambers 'set' for Olympic return

Dwain Chambers
Dwain Chambers could learn soon that he can compete at London 2012 Photo: REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad

Dwain Chambers looks ever more likely to return from Olympic exile and compete at London 2012.

It follows reports that the British Olympic Association (BOA) are resigned to losing their court battle to keep their lifetime ban for drugs cheats.

Next week the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will deliver its long-awaited ruling after the BOA challenged the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) for declaring the ban "non-compliant".

ITV News' Sports Editor Steve Scott reports:

Chambers served a two-year ban from the WADA after the sprinter tested positive for systematic use of anabolic steroids in 2003, but was barred from the Olympics for life.

The BOA's communications director Darryl Seibel admitted they were still in the dark over what would happen.

We have not yet received the decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, nor have we been given an indication of what the decision will be.

We do, however, expect to receive the decision in the coming week.

We continue to believe that it is important to defend our selection policy and the right for every National Olympic Committee to determine their own eligibility standards for selection to their Olympic teams.

It is also important to make certain the voice of British athletes is clearly heard and their commitment to clean competition clearly understood.

Dwain Chambers
Chambers was banned for life from the Olympics in 2004 Credit: ITV Tonight

The eventual decision would not just affect Chambers but cyclist David Millar, who is also serving a lifetime ban from the BOA for doping.

World road race champion and Olympic hopeful Mark Cavendish has repeated his desire to ride alongside him at London 2012.

Talking exclusively to ITV at the launch of a partnership between Team Sky and Jaguar, he said: "I would like David Millar to ride the Olympic road race with me."

He denied previously saying that Millar deserved a chance to ride at London 2012.

Sir Chris Hoy
Sir Chris Hoy wants the BOA lifetime bans to remain in place Credit: ITN

Four-times Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy insisted if the BOA loses its battle, it will be bad news for sport.

It will be sad if we have to fall in line with the rest of the world.

I don't see anything wrong with having more stringent rules. I think it should be the rest of the world that's falling in line with our rules.

If you are caught for taking drugs, then you will not be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games. That, to me, is a good incentive not to take drugs.

If you take that away, are you taking a step back in the fight against drugs?