BOA: Chambers misses deadline to appeal ban

LONDON -- British sprinter Dwain Chambers missed the deadline to lodge an appeal against his ban from
the Beijing Olympics for serving a two-year doping suspension,
the British Olympic Association said on Monday.

A spokeswoman for the association said athletes had been given until Feb. 15
to challenge any ban to ensure it was processed in time for
the Aug. 8 opening of the Beijing Games.

"The deadline was Feb. 15 if he [Chambers] wanted to compete
in Beijing," the spokeswoman said. "We haven't received any communication
from him as far as I am aware."

The spokeswoman said Chambers remains able to appeal at any time
the lifetime ban imposed by the British Olympic Association.

Chambers, 29, was banned for two years after testing
positive for the designer steroid THG in 2003.
He was a member of the British team that won the 4x100-meter relay title at the 2006 European championships and then attempted unsuccessfully to forge a career in NFL Europe.

Last week, Chambers was selected to compete at the world
indoor championships in Valencia, Spain, next month after
winning the 60 meters at the British trials, although UK
Athletics made it clear it did not want to select him.