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BOA firm on Dwain; ATHLETICS.

THE British Olympic Association will "vigorously defend" any challenge by disgraced sprinter Dwain Chambers to the ruling barring him from running at this summer's Beijing Games.

Chambers, 29, who completed a two-year drugs ban in 2006 for taking tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), has qualified for next weekend's UK trials for the World Indoor Championships and has the Games as his ultimate target this year.

However, under a BOA bye-law athletes who have served doping suspensions are automatically barred from competing in the Olympics.

Lord Colin Moynihan, the BOA chairman, said: "We would vigorously defend any legal challenge to the anti-doping bye-law."

Meanwhile, Former Olympic 100m champion Maurice Greene yesterday announced his retirement at the age of 33 because of injuries.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 5, 2008
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