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ATHLETICS: Chambers kept waiting over THG ban.

DWAIN CHAMBERS faces an anxious wait to discover whether or not he will be banned from athletics and labelled a drug-taker.

The European 100 metres champion emerged from a six-and-three-quarter-hour disciplinary hearing in London yesterday with his future still in the balance after he tested positive for the designer steroid THG.

``The verdict will be delivered in a written judgement to UK Athletics next week,'' said a spokeswoman for the sport's governingbody.

The athlete has always denied taking drugs and has continued to protest his innocence.

His defence is believed to have included the claim that THG was not on the list of banned substances issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency at the time of the alleged offence.

Graham Shear, Chambers' solicitor, stated: ``We have presented a thorough and vigorous defence to the committee and will await their decision some time towards the latter part of next week.''

The UK Athletics representative added: ``All the interested parties have given all their evidence and the summing up has happened.

``The panel will now confer before providing their verdict in a written statement which will contain all the relevant points and evidence.''

The athlete was represented by Michael Berloff QC, the man who defended Alain Baxter when the Scottish skier tested positive at the 2002 Winter Olympics after using a nasal spray, bought over the counter at a chemists, which contained a banned substance.

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Date:Feb 20, 2004
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