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Dwain Chambers is considering appealing against his Olympic suspension after LaShawn Merritt overturned his own ban.

The British sprinter is barred from taking part in London 2012 by a British Olympic Association (BOA) by-law that imposes a lifetime ban for doping.

His agent Sazia Agha said: "Dwain and I just want the opportunity to read, digest and review the reasoning behind [uS sprinter Merritt's victory]."

Cyclist David Millar may also challenge the BOA following Merritt's success.

Chambers, 33, was ruled out of future British Olympic teams after being banned for two years in 2003 for using the performance-enhancing drug THG.

Archive: Chambers speaking in March about his future

As a national Olympic association, the BOA is not directly affected by Merritt's successful challenge of the International Olympic Association (IOC) rule that bans offenders from the Olympics following their conviction, but then leaves them free to compete in subsequent Games.

But the American's victory at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) could set a precedent for appeals against the BOA and other national Olympic bodies that impose their own stricter bans.

BOA chairman Colin Moynihan defended the British rule, saying: "It is tough but it is fair. It has a strong appeal mechanism. Fundamentally, the BOA by-law addesses eligibility and is not a sanction."

Rather than further punishing Merritt for failing three tests for a banned steroid in early 2010, the 400m Olympic champion received support from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in his appeal against the IOC.

Before the Cas ruling, British cycling's head of performance David Brailsford said there should be internationally agreed rules on how doping rules should be enforced.

Colin Jackson backs GB Olympic doping policy

Brailsford said: "I'd love to see consistency on a global scale, we have a global anti-doping body in Wada (World Anti-Doping Authority) and we should have a global application of the rules.

"It shouldn't be your nationality that decides if you get banned or not, so if you are French you can ride; if you are British you cannot."

Millar, who was stripped of his 2003 World Elite Time Trial title after admitting using the blood-boosting drug EPO, could be available to Brailsford for London 2012 if he successfully challenges his BOA ban.

He tweeted that Cas's ruling was "a good thing for the future of international sport", adding that it is "only a matter of time till all countries respect Wada code".

The Wada Code, which came into force in 2004, harmonised rules around the globe and brought in a maximum ban of two years for athletes who test positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Cycling boss Brailsford seeks doping consistency

However former 110m hurdles world-record holder Colin Jackson believes the BOA is justified in its stance.

"The roots of the BOA by-law come from the general consensus that as a sportsperson at the Olympics you work as an ambassador for your country," he said.

"If we deem that we don't want anyone who has taken drugs to be an ambassador for us at the Olympc Games then I don't see any real reason why we should question that decision.

"This ruling may have implications for it but I think the BOA should stick to its guns and say, 'this is what we want and this is how we see sport'."

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dwain should be the symbol of the games

an asinine black drug using londoner of immigrant stockk with a charismatic personality seeking a chance at redemption in a white mans world

in many ways he reflects this fuckin city so much more than that personality devoid washed out northern bounty jessica ennis. SHe doesnt represent this city and shes no fuckin poster girl.

and for that i respect and admire dwain coz hes fought the way all darkies have to fight for an opportunity

i hope this runs and runs and overshadows the games

for me he has to run and i will lengd support to any petition or campaign.

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Chambers will only get to run over the BOA dead body. Doubt they will let him run.

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Well he has a bit of a case now, more than he had before.

Will be interesting to see how far he is prepared to take this.

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I hope he doesn't contest it, from when my man admitted doing it he should take it in the chin,

Merrit has always denied taking anything knowingly so he's still had an argument to be heard.

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Its funny because chambers is prob the fastest 100m sprinter we have got...every championship I see the same ppl..christian malcom...marlon devonish...GB needs to move the fuck on..!

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anyone got any links to any good articles about the chambers situation?

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Its funny because chambers is prob the fastest 100m sprinter we have got...every championship I see the same ppl..christian malcom...marlon devonish...GB needs to move the fuck on..!

Got to agree and this isn't the only sport this country needs to move certain people on with.

Remember seeing him riding a bike through Enfield town, shouted out "Go on Chambers", must've been a few years ago.

Bit of a double edged sword this one.

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newspaper article or something

that recaps what 1st happened in a bit of detail

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but realistically all DC can do is help England get bronze or better if the Americans and jamaicans F up a baton in the relays

he ain winining shit in individuals. i can see him wanting even just to come 5th or 6th in the finals cos its on home soil but is it really worth all this hassle?

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The only thing he has in his favour is that one false start and you are out rule.

He wants to hope Gaye,Powell,Blake,Bolt all do that. Chambers is built to finish 6th

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Chambers would be looking at the semis at best. Worlds this year had no Powell, Gay or Ryan Bailey either who would make it even more difficult to reach the final next year.

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Chambers is what, 31 now? Since hes comeback from his ban, he hasnt been able to handle the rounds of championships as well as he used to which is understandable.

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Dwain Chambers eligible for London 2012 after court ruling

Britain's former drugs cheats can compete at London 2012 after a court overturned the British Olympic Association's policy of handing out lifetime bans, BBC Sport has learned.

The BOA has lost its battle with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

It means the likes of sprinter Dwain Chambers, 34, and cyclist David Millar, 35, can try to qualify for Team GB.

Cas is expected to formally announce its decision at 1500 BST on Monday.

Athletes will still have to reach the Olympic qualifying standard to be considered for selection.

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If he's genuinely clean and will remain clean that good for chambers. If he starts again then he can fuck off.

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This will allow 11 other people to go Olympics, however media will focus just on Chambers

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of course as he's the most high profile and still top of his game in the country,

its a given,

it could also be argued that if he wasn't involved in the row, it could well have gone the other way,

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what do the other athletes think of this?

therell be some hate in the camp im sure of it

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Darren Campbell doesn't like it at all, him and Chambers fell out over it but cool now.

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hes better than all the other british sprint team and hes 30 odd, they need to tell marlon devonish to stop fuckin running ffs

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