11th May, 2012
Dwain Chambers will compete in over 150 metres at the Powerade Great City Games in Manchester on 20 May.
Chambers will take on the double world silver medallist Walter Dix, Trinidad’s Richard Thompson and fellow Briton Marlon Devonish on the specially-constructed track in the city centre.
The meeting will also involve the American Sanya Richards-Ross – one of the favourites for Olympic gold at London 2012 over 400m–competing over 200m against a field which includes Britain’s 2007 world silver medallist Nicola Sanders.
Chambers has admitted he is braced for a backlash from the public if he goes on to take part in this summer’s Olympics, and has issued a plea for forgiveness before his controversial return.
The sprinter will be allowed to compete as long as he meets the qualification standard after the court of arbitration for sport overturned the British Olympic Association’s lifetime ban for drugs cheats.
It means Chambers, who tested positive for tetrahydrogestrinone in 2003 and served a two-year ban, is likely to make Team GB because he is the country’s fastest 100m runner at present.
“I have made a mistake, a massive mistake, and all I want is another chance to do the best for my country,” he told the Telegraph.