Re­set the records – Bai­ley

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Hubert Lawrence Gleaner Writer

DONO­VAN BAI­LEY, the Cana­dian who pro­duced a world record to win the 100 me­tres at the 1996 Olympics, wants to cleanse the all-time track and field per­for­mance list of drug-tainted marks.

In an in­ter­view ear­lier this week, Bai­ley be­lieves a re­set of world records in ath­let­ics would do a world of good.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­tired sprinter, a cleanse by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion (IAAF) would help fans fo­cus on won­der­ful ath­letes like Olympic cham­pi­ons Usain Bolt of Ja­maica and South Africa’s Wayde van Niek­erk.

“I think the IAAF has to do some­thing to en­sure that dop­ing is not the first thing you speak of,” he be­gun in an in­ter­view posted on­sid­e­

“I think for one you should press re­set and get rid of all the records which were on the books if there has been a dop­ing is­sue,” he rec­om­mended.

His sug­ges­tion might also af­fect records and medals ac­cu­mu­lated by East Ger­man ath­letes in the 1980s and 1990s.

Doc­u­ments re­leased from that coun­try af­ter the uni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many con­firmed the ac­tiv­ity of a state-or­gan­ised dop­ing pro­gramme for its track and field ath­letes.

“If there is a dop­ing charge,” he ex­plained, “you erase it – it be­comes very sim­ple – so we can talk about amaz­ing pos­i­tive things be­cause there is so much to talk about, like Wayde van Niek­erk and Usain Bolt.”

Bolt fa­mously did the 100 and 200 me­tre dou­ble for the third time in a row at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In the same Games, van Niek­erk smashed the 400 me­tre world record with a fine run of 43.03 sec­onds from the out­er­most lane.

Bai­ley, who ran a world record of 9.84 sec­ond to win his Olympic gold 20 years ago, also agrees with the ban of Rus­sian ath­letes from Rio.

“My stance would be any coun­try that has been ac­cused of and found guilty of statewide dop­ing,” he as­serted, “all the ath­letes would be banned.”

He be­lieves it is un­fair for clean ath­letes to lose medals, prize money and spon­sor­ship to users of il­le­gal per­for­mance en­hancers.

“It is a terrible thing to do,” the 48-year-old Cana­dian lamented, “be­cause most ath­letes are clean and be­lieve in the power of clean sport.”

He was in­ter­viewed in Monaco at last week’s SPORTELMonaco sports mar­ket­ing and me­dia con­ven­tion in Monte Carlo.


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