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Does anyone else agree that the BOA are wrong in prefering a second rate athlete such as pickering to go to the olympics ahead of Chambers therefore getting rid of an outside medal hope??

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posted Jul 21, 2008

Well, the athletics world got what it wanted. Now lets see how many hypocrits we see when we win absolute zip at the olympics in track and field and we hear nothing but moaning and whinging for the entire 4 weeks afterwards. Chambers has made a mistake and I don't condone what he did, but he was desperate to win and did anything possible to try to get there. He'll know how humiliating it's going to be for all our athletes (bar the odd few) who struggle to even get to the semi's. All this rubbish about depriving other athletes from their olympic dream?? What rot. More like depriving them from the humiliation they will receive from the Britsh media.

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posted Jul 21, 2008

it would be interesting to see if Pickering can be the first white man to do a sub 10.....

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comment by paps83 (U3970803)

posted Jul 21, 2008

Would be more interesting to see if he became the 4th British man. Despite what all the doom-and-gloom brigade tell you, sub 10 is still pretty exceptional, whatever you're skin colour.

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posted Jul 21, 2008

Id rather have clean athletes than drug cheats

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posted Jul 21, 2008

That would be good acclaim first white man to break 10, Matt shirvington (Aus) I think has the record 10:04 or something similar. Pickering looked good for that last year but has not improved this year so hopefully he can start to see some gradual improvements on times over the next 2-3 years.
babes x

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posted Jul 21, 2008

Fab Higher life- you are confusing ruloes with consequences - Chambers knew the consequence of getting caught was a ban from the BOA - Traffic offenders know they risk anything from points /fines to fixed term bans - no-one is suggesting banning Chambers for life as they were not the consequences for breaking the rules at the timeof his offence-- your argument is therefore flawed.

Happy north baankr- I am less certain about your point but I believe (please correct me if i'm wrong here) they selected Danvers because she had the A standard (albeit last year) and Drayton had the B standard - in this case the rules in my opinion have been a detriment to the team (it would be great for Drayton to go)but as in the case with Chambers they all knew them and expect them to be implemented.

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posted Jul 21, 2008

Amateurs (but no doubt well paid) running a pro sport - same in most UK sports - rugby, cricket, football - and we fail at all of them.

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comment by jinius (U7565050)

posted Jul 22, 2008

Now that we have thrown out one of our best hopes of a medal (albeit an outside chance) how many medals are we targeting and of those how many golds? Ohurougu is our biggest gold hope and Idowu if he can make a legal jump has a chance but is there anyone else, I haven't heard of anyone and I saw nothing at the trials to suggest we have much of a chance at anything apart from the relays. Also does anyone know the last time we sent a sprint team to the Olympics with no one capable of running 10.00 seconds?

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comment by JobyJak (U5992775)

posted Jul 22, 2008

Why is the first White man to break 10 seconds so important? If it was the other way round no-one would care.

I don't remember the Arsenal fans saying, "Oh my God, Ian Wright is the first BLACK man to break Cliff Bastin's WHITE man record"!

By even suggesting such an event is tantamount to racism and something I thought was put away by boxer Jack Johnson all those years ago...

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posted Jul 23, 2008

Izzy, if we are not sending our strongest sprint team out there, who do you suggest we send then?!

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