By Phil Casey, PA Sport
Dwain Chambers will rule himself out of British relay squads if any of the team object to his presence.
Chambers is barred from running in most meetings following his two-year ban for testing positive for the steroid THG in 2003.
However, he is free to compete in major championships outside the Olympics, including this year’s World Championships in Berlin.
The 30-year-old would like to compete in the 4x100metres relay as well as the individual 100m, but acknowledges he may not be welcomed with open arms.
One likely team-mate, Craig Pickering, was an outspoken critic of Chambers’ failed attempt to overturn his Olympic ban last year, and was no more enthusiastic about the prospect of being handed a baton by him either.
“It’s not my decision. If he’s put in a relay team I have to deal with that,” Pickering said after winning the 60m in Saturday’s Aviva International in Glasgow.
“I have no decision over who is put in the team. My job is to run in a relay.”
And Chambers said: “I would like to run in the relay if the chance presents itself but it’s going to be difficult.
“The camaraderie needs to be established and I haven’t had that opportunity.
“We need to have a team spirit, if there are egos and attitudes it’s not going to work.
“It’s got to be four guys working together. If people are going to have a problem with me I won’t participate.”
Chambers has few chances to participate in races either before the European Indoors or World Championships, admitting his requests to race promoters receive no response.
But he is more hopeful of a response from Charles van Commenee when the Dutchman officially begins his role as head coach of UK Athletics on February 9.
“I’m sure we will be communicating, but I don’t know what to expect,” Chambers added.
“He said he accepts me back, I just have to find out what role he expects me to play.
“I’ve sent out a few requests to race promoters but no responses. It’s the same as last year but I’m in a better place mentally.
“I just plan out what races I can participate in. I had Birmingham yesterday, the trials in Sheffield and European Indoors in Turin. Three races is all I’ve got and all I need.
“I’m having a lot more fun with my running. I don’t have to worry about appealing for the Olympics.
“I have an easy three years to concentrate on my athletics.”
Chambers is even talking boldly about taking on triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt at the World Championships, adding: “I will definitely give him a run for his money. We’ve studied him and know what we are up against, especially after I trained with him in 2006.
“I want to qualify and once I’m in that final anything can happen. I’m optimistic, my season is going very well so far.
“My goal is to win medals for myself and my country, that’s all I can ask for.”