Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Chambers looks to coaching future

Dwain Chambers

Dwain Chambers has hinted at a future career helping young athletes when his competitive days are over.

The 30-year-old sprinter has been surprised by the reaction to his autobiography, Race Against Me, with the book being part of the process of his comeback following his two-year ban for taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Chambers, picking up his book and showing it to his audience at a signing session in Hackney, said: "This is a reference, they can look at me as a reference point.

"I didn’t know about repercussions or consequences at the time but now I have I’m in a position to talk to people and give them an insight.

"I can give more back."

Chambers was speaking at the Centreprise Bookshop, not far from where he grew up in Islington.

Pictures of Bob Marley and Martin Luther King were on the walls of the workshop room where he spoke to a 20-strong group of fans, who came to quiz the sprinter as well as get his autograph.

"The reception and the support has been very positive," he said. "They don’t see me differently, they just know me as Dwain. It is great to come back to that."

Chambers was buzzing from the news that there could be a path back to the events staged by the Euromeetings group, despite a policy to exclude athletes who have served doping bans.

Gerhard Janetzky, director of the Berlin Golden League meeting, said Chambers should be allowed to compete.

"With that, a lot more doors will open," Chambers said. "It’s like Father Christmas has added a present under the tree.

"You have to live in hope, there is no way for me to live life any other way."

After winning the European indoor 60 metres crown on Sunday, Chambers feels he can beat Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt if he is given the chance.

"That is how I think, I think about winning," he said. "He is a human being, a talented human being but I’m a human being as well.

"You learn from mistakes. Wisdom is what enables you to endure, life is not a sprint it is a long road. I’m 30 but I’m a wise 30."

Chambers has no regrets about his autobiography and hopes it will also give him a form of extra income.

In a deal with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) he is allowed to compete in events such as World and European championships provided he hands over 25% of all prize money to repay the money earned while on performance-enhancing drugs.

"I don’t like owing people money, nobody does. It starts becoming interest," Chambers said.

He also saw the book as a form of therapy, adding: "To sit back and read, I thought ’Was I doing all these crazy things?’ It was therapeutic.

"I didn’t really take into consideration the magnitude of what the reaction would be.

"We are into the sixth year of this saga and the only person to end it is me. I’m pretty much doing this book because I have no other opportunities to make a living, I have to do something that will enable me to feed my kids.

"I’ve been compliant with what the requests have been - they want information and names so I put it in the book. Everyone can read it and understand it."

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