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Dwain Chambers' Manager Tells HuffPost UK Media Have 'Misinformed' Public Over Drugs Ruling

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Dwain Chambers' manager has told The Huffington Post UK sections of the media are misinforming readers ahead of the athlete's drugs ruling.

The Daily Mail claims Chambers will be allowed to compete at London 2012 after a British Olympic Association source claimed they have privately admitted defeat in their bid to prevent the 34-year-old from competing at the Games.

But Chambers' agent and HuffPost UK blogger Siza Agha said: "The media does not assist the public understanding of this important issue by expressing, through past and present sportsman and/or through equally misinformed, members of various bodies opinions based on completely incorrect information.

"There is no 'MAXIMUM' two-year ban. The most cursory glance at the section on 'rule violations' on the UKAD website would show athletes with four-year sanctions and thereby correct this repeated and most basic of errors.

"It follows such opinions expressed in some papers about the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) being "weak" based on such fundamentally incorrect information are completely misconceived and should in my view be corrected."

He added: "For my part subject to the caveat of article 10.5.3 of the code, I continue to support a minimum four-year ban for a finding of a "deliberate" violation. However, I am yet to be convinced that the problem lies in the WADA code itself as opposed to the application of the code in some instances which, in my view, could of course be cured by clear guidelines."

The Court of Arbitration for Sport have heard BOA's challenge against the World Anti-Doping Agency's ruling that the non-compliance of its by-law with the Wada code makes it unenforceable.

Chambers, 33, previously tried to challenge the by-law through the High Court prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but didn't succeed.

The disgraced sprinter failed an out-of-competition drug test in 2003, and subsequently admitted to the use of performance enhancing substances, which saw him banned from athletics for two years and from the Olympic Games for life.

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