BOA confident of win in key Chambers case

BRITISH Olympic chiefs have hit back at claims they are set to lose next week’s landmark legal case, which is expected to determine whether sprinter Dwain Chambers can compete at London 2012.

Sports lawyer Howard Jacobs, who helped American 400m star LaShawn Merritt overturn a doping ban, said the Court of Arbitration for Sport was “not likely” to rule in favour of the British Olympic Association.

But the BOA remain confident that their right to omit any athlete ever found guilty of a serious doping offence will be upheld on Monday, despite opposition from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“Mr Jacobs is certainly entitled to his point of view,” a BOA spokesperson told City A.M. “We are far more interested in the point of view of the arbitration panel, and we look forward to having the opportunity to appear before them on Monday.”

Defeat for the BOA would pave the way for Chambers (left), who served a two-year ban for taking the steroid THG, to launch a bid for gold on home soil this summer.