World records can be wiped out in rad­i­cal plan

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and in­nu­endo that has hung over our records for too long.”

The project pro­poses that world and Euro­pean records only be recog­nised if achieved at ap­proved in­ter­na­tional events and if the ath­lete con­cerned “has been sub­ject to an agreed num­ber of dop­ing con­trol tests in the months lead­ing up to the per­for­mance“, a state­ment said.

All records set be­fore a date that has yet to be de­fined will re­main but only on a list of old records.

The plan will be put for­ward to the coun­cil meet­ing of world gov­ern­ing body the IAAF in Au­gust.

IAAF pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe, who at­tended the coun­cil meet­ing in Paris, in­di­cated that he was in favour of the pro­posal.

“I like this be­cause it un­der­lines that we have put into place dop­ing con­trol sys­tems and tech­nol­ogy that are more ro­bust and safer than 15 or even 10 years ago,” he said.

“There will be ath­letes, cur­rent record hold­ers, who will feel that the his­tory we are re­cal­i­brat­ing will take some­thing away from them but I think this is a step in the right di­rec­tion and if or­gan­ised and struc­tured prop­erly we have a good chance of win­ning back cred­i­bil­ity in this area.”

The idea was crit­i­cised by two lead­ing Swedish ath­letes when asked by the Swedish news­pa­per Afton­bladet, with Euro­pean hep­tathlon record holder Carolina Kluft say­ing: “Ob­vi­ously I would find it dis­gust­ing if I were de­prived of my record when I was com­pletely clean.”

Pa­trik Sjoberg, now aged 52 and who set the Euro­pean high jump record in 1987, com­plained that the pro­posal “im­plied” that all records from 2017 or ear­lier were set by “doped ath­letes.”

Bri­tish athletics icon and women’s marathon world record holder Paula Rad­cliffe tweeted her dis­plea­sure as well — the IAAF have only stored blood and urine sam­ples since 2005 plac­ing her 2003 record at risk.

“I am hurt and do feel this dam­ages my rep­u­ta­tion and dig­nity,” said Paula.

“It is a heavy-handed way to wipe out some re­ally sus­pi­cious records in a cow­ardly way by sim­ply sweep­ing all aside in­stead of hav­ing the guts to take the le­gal plunge and wipe any record that would be found in a court of law to have been il­le­gally as­sisted.” AFP

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