However, in a strongly worded statement, selectors made it clear they had chosen Chambers under duress. "The committee was unanimous in its desire not to select Dwain," read the statement. "Taking him to the World Indoors deprives young, upwardly mobile, committed athletes of this key development opportunity. "Our World Class Performance Programme is focused on achievement at Olympic and World level. "On this basis, it is extremely frustrating to leave young athletes at home; eligible for Beijing, in possession of the qualifying standard and committed to ongoing participation in a drug-free sport. "In contrast, we have to take an individual whose sudden return, especially when considered against his previous actions and comments, suggests that he may be using the whole process for his own ends. "Unfortunately, the committee felt that the selection criteria pertaining to the winner of the trials, coupled with the manner of Dwain's performance, left them no room to take any other decision. "We wish all the selected athletes well at the event but will certainly explore ways in which future selections can be made to match the true 'spirit' of our sport."
Paula Radcliffe has withdrawn from the London Marathon on 13 April because of a toe problem. The 34-year-old Briton, who was aiming to win her fourth title, picked up the injury to her right foot when altitude training at her base in New Mexico. "I am desperately disappointed that I have to pull out of this year's race," said Radcliffe. "I love running in London and this race would have been the perfect test for me before the Olympic Games."