July 18, 2008
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Statement by WADA President John Fahey Following London High Court Decision on Dwain Chambers

"WADA understands and fully respects the London High Court's decision to dismiss Dwain Chambers's request for an injunction allowing him to be able to be selected for the Beijing Olympic Games. Although the decision of a National Olympic Committee not to select an athlete who committed an anti-doping rule violation for its Olympic Games' team is not an anti-doping matter, but rather a selection issue, this decision sends a strong message that athletes who commit serious doping violations will have to face significant consequences. The unanimous consensus found by WADA's stakeholders to strengthen sanctions for serious anti-doping rule violations under the revised World Anti-Doping Code to come into force in January 2009 is a further sign that there is, and that there will continue to be, no tolerance for cheaters in sport."