LONDON - Reuters
Sprinter Dwain Chambers will find out next week if he is eligible to compete at the Beijing Olympics after a date was set for his legal challenge to the British Olympic Association's (BOA) life ban for drugs cheats.
The full High Court hearing is unlikely to take place until next March but Chambers, who completed a two-year ban in 2006, will find out next Wednesday if he has a temporary injunction against the bylaw that would make him eligible for the Games.
Chambers, the fastest Briton over 100 meters this season, is aiming to secure a place in the top two at the event in this weekend's British trials in Birmingham.
He is hoping that success on the track and in court will secure a place in the team for next month's Olympics.
Chambers claims the lifetime ban, which applies to all sports, is an "unreasonable restraint of trade" but the BOA has pledged to fight for the right to continue to keep drugs cheats from wearing the British vest at any Olympics.
The sprinter's lawyer, Jonathan Crystal, told the judge at a preliminary hearing on Wednesday: "In order to disapply the ineligibility provisions the burden will be a high one, but we are satisfied that we will succeed in that task."
However, Robert Englehart, for the BOA, said they would argue that the challenge cannot succeed and its poor prospects should be weighed in the balance when the judge considers whether to grant a temporary injunction.
Speaking after the brief hearing, Chambers said: "I need to get ready for Friday and Saturday, that's where the job really matters. I'm confident of what I'm capable of doing on my end, the rest is up to my legal team."