Most expensive legal battle in British Olympic history gets awayFormer drugs cheat Dwain Chambers is all set to challenge the British Olympic Association (BOA) lifetime ban that prevents him from competing in the Games.

The most expensive legal battle in British Olympic history will see the 30-year-old Londoner took advantage of perfect conditions at the EnBW Weltklasse in Biberach to end a frustrating period.


Under the rules of the BOA, Chambers is banned from representing Britain in the Olympics because of the drugs test he failed in 2003 for the designer anabolic steroid Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), but the athlete claims this is unfair and wants the ban lifted.

Time will be tight for Chambers and his legal team. The Olympic trials are due to be held on 11 July and the team must be finalised nine days later. Collins told Observer Sport last night that papers will be served on the BOA this week.

Chambers will be represented in the High Court by Jonathan Crystal, a specialist sports lawyer, whose previous clients include Brian Lara, Frankie Dettori and Graeme Souness.

‘All the papers are with the barrister already,’ said Collins. ‘He will be going through them early in the week, with the intention of serving them this week.’

Collins said he expects the case to be heard in the week leading up to the Olympic trials in Birmingham. ‘We think we have a strong action, but that will, obviously, be for the judge to decide,’ he said.

Chambers said that many people in the sport want him to disappear quietly but sprinting is what he was born to do.