So Dwain Chambers won't be going to the Olympics. I think, on balance,
that it is best for the integrity of the Olympic team, but I still feel
I can still remember talking to Mike McFarlane, Dwain Chamber's coach,
in 2002 - just before he went off to the States and got involved in
doping. My impression is of a young, relatively uneducated man who was
easily influenced and made bad decisions. I feel sorry for the guy.
He's thrown away his talent and his career, and it will hurt for the
rest of his life.
I also think that UK Athletics played a part in all of this, but have
escaped criticism. Yes, I know that people have to take responsibility
for their choices, but. at that point of time their athlete/talent
management was woeful. Athletes were on a free reign. They could do
what they like. Other, more professionally run sports would have kept
their athletes closer to them and ensured that this sort of thing
But UK Athletics have been getting their act together, so we all move
on. Hopefully Dwain will be able to move on and live a life without