Dwain Chambers speaks on his spiral into ‘drinking’ after two-year athletics ban

Dwain Chambers speaks on his spiral into ‘drinking and doing c**p’ after two-year athletics ban for taking performance-enhancing drugs during SAS: Who Dares Wins appearance

  • Dwain Chambers said his ‘whole world fell apart’ after he was banned from athletics for taking performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 during an appearance on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins on Sunday
  • The British track sprinter, 44, who is one of the fastest European sprinters in the history of athletics, tested positive for banned steroid THG after a sample for an out-of-competition drugs test provided by Dwain in August 2003 was retested in October the same year 
  • He was handed a two-year ban, which he said sent him on a spiral of ‘drinking and doing c**p’ as he struggled to face the reality of his actions 

Dwain Chambers said his ‘whole world fell apart’ after he was banned from athletics for taking performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 during an appearance on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins on Sunday.

The British track sprinter, 44, who is one of the fastest European sprinters in the history of athletics, tested positive for banned steroid THG after a sample for an out-of-competition drugs test provided by Dwain in August 2003 was retested in October the same year.

He was handed a two-year ban, which he said sent him on a spiral of ‘drinking and doing c**p’ as he struggled to face the reality of his actions. 

Troubles: Dwain Chambers said his 'whole world fell apart' after his 2003 ban from athletics for taking performance-enhancing drugs during Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins on Sunday

Troubles: Dwain Chambers said his ‘whole world fell apart’ after his 2003 ban from athletics for taking performance-enhancing drugs during Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins on Sunday

Dwain said on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins: ‘I lost a huge portion of my career over what i did. I made a decision to take performance enhancers.’

When asked how it affected him, the sportsman admitted: ‘My whole world fell apart.

‘I didn’t deal with it, i just kept on hiding from it, drinking and doing c**p and not facing the reality of what I’d done.’

Knocked off track: The British track sprinter, 44, who is one of the fastest European sprinters in the history of athletics, tested positive for banned steroid THG in 2003 (pictured in 2003)

Knocked off track: The British track sprinter, 44, who is one of the fastest European sprinters in the history of athletics, tested positive for banned steroid THG in 2003 (pictured in 2003)

The sports star said he took part in the Channel 4 show as he wanted to challenge himself, saying: ‘Regardless of how I perform, I want to get to the end.’

The gruelling Channel 4 show returned to TV screens this month for series four with its biggest line-up featuring 14 famous names being put through their paces in the heat of the Jordanian desert.

Dwain’s recount of his experiences comes Pete Wicks was medically withdrawn from Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins after he knocked himself unconscious and broke his ribs during a challenge during last week’s episode.

Born to perform: The sports star said he took part in the Channel 4 show as he wanted to challenge himself, saying: 'Regardless of how I perform, I want to get to the end'

Born to perform: The sports star said he took part in the Channel 4 show as he wanted to challenge himself, saying: ‘Regardless of how I perform, I want to get to the end’

The Only Way Is Essex star was seen floating face down in the sea in the shocking scene after jumping from a helicopter with reality star Ashley Cain in a helo-cast task.

Rescue swimmers raced to help the 33-year-old, flipping him over in the water as the concerned recruits were heard saying from the shoreline: ‘Someone’s struggling.’

After swimming to shore, Pete told a medic: ‘I winded myself and passed out, all my ribs are quite painful and my head is banging.’

Devastated: It come after Pete Wicks (left) was 'truly gutted' to be medically withdrawn from Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins after he knocked himself unconscious last week

Devastated: It come after Pete Wicks (left) was ‘truly gutted’ to be medically withdrawn from Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins after he knocked himself unconscious last week

He later said: ‘I had no worries about that challenge, which is the weirdest thing. My strongest thing is probably swimming.

‘I genuinely thought this would be the challenge for me to show what I f**king got and I got it wrong, I got it very wrong. I think my leg got a little bit caught in the bag and I went straight down onto the bag, knocked myself out and broke my ribs.

‘I felt dazed and confused. I was struggling to move my upper body. Basically, I think where I’d hit the bag, and I think just the impact of being unconscious and everything else, I was very confused.

Extreme: The Only Way Is Essex star was seen floating face down in the sea in the shocking scene which aired on Sunday, after jumping from a helicopter in a helo-cast task

Extreme: The Only Way Is Essex star was seen floating face down in the sea in the shocking scene which aired on Sunday, after jumping from a helicopter in a helo-cast task

‘I didn’t really know exactly what was going on and even moving my arms was quite painful, just because the pressure that was on my ribs and everything, so it just wasn’t nice. It was just a strange, strange experience.’

Following his accident, the Channel 4 show’s chief medical officer medically withdrew Pete because he needed to have a chest x-ray.

New chief instructor Rudy Reyes, who took over from Ant Middleton, told the TV star: ‘The issue is you have some damage and the course is going to get much harder physically, and it’s too risky for your health.’

Leap of faith: Pete was seen perched at the door of the helicopter before jumping into the sea below

Leap of faith: Pete was seen perched at the door of the helicopter before jumping into the sea below

Task: He was seen clutching onto his bag which he was instructed to let go of just before hitting the water in order to avoid injury

Task: He was seen clutching onto his bag which he was instructed to let go of just before hitting the water in order to avoid injury

Teammate: Pete jumped out of the aircraft along with former footballer and fellow reality star Ashley Cain

Teammate: Pete jumped out of the aircraft along with former footballer and fellow reality star Ashley Cain

Taking the plunge: The pair were seen jumping out of the helicopter with desert scenery in the background

Taking the plunge: The pair were seen jumping out of the helicopter with desert scenery in the background

To the rescue: A crew of people were seen heading out to Pete by boat after he fell unconscious and floated on the top of the sea

To the rescue: A crew of people were seen heading out to Pete by boat after he fell unconscious and floated on the top of the sea

Wiping his eyes, Pete said: ‘I didn’t want to come out like this. I don’t f**king quit anything, that’s what it feels like.’

Pete was the second recruit to leave the course after Love Island winner Amber Gill quit the show after failing to complete a physical challenge on the beach.

On leaving the series, Pete said: ‘I was gutted actually. This is a bit of a thing for me, it’s like I’ve always wanted to do this show and the worst thing for me was to be taken out because that’s something that I can’t control.

Pushed to the limits: Fellow reality star Ashley Cain (front) also took part in the task and was seen emerging from the water with Pete

Pushed to the limits: Fellow reality star Ashley Cain (front) also took part in the task and was seen emerging from the water with Pete

‘But, being completely honest, they’re 100% right because I wouldn’t have been able to carry on with my broken ribs. To have been out so early, I was absolutely gutted because it’s a fail. And, unfortunately now for me, I feel like I failed.

‘It’s something that will f**king haunt me because I just don’t fail things. I don’t say I’m going to do something and don’t do it, so I was genuinely so hurt, gutted, disappointed and angry at myself.

‘I still am, to be honest, even a year later. That was tough for me. I felt like I’d let a lot of people down, I felt like I’d let myself down.

Shocking scenes: Rescue swimmers raced to help the 33-year-old, flipping him over in the water as the concerned recruits were heard saying from the shoreline: 'Someone's struggling'

Shocking scenes: Rescue swimmers raced to help the 33-year-old, flipping him over in the water as the concerned recruits were heard saying from the shoreline: ‘Someone’s struggling’

‘There was no way I was ever going to hand my armband in. I knew I never would, so to go out the way I did really hurt. To be withdrawn because you’re physically unable to carry on for something that was an unfortunate accident, I just found really, really tough.’

Pete said he would do the show again tomorrow if they gave him a second chance to appear.

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins continues next Sunday at 9pm on Channel 4. 

Excruciating: After swimming to shore, Pete told a medic: 'I winded myself and passed out, all my ribs are quite painful and my head is banging'

Excruciating: After swimming to shore, Pete told a medic: ‘I winded myself and passed out, all my ribs are quite painful and my head is banging’

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