RE­LAY DOUBTS

Athletics Weekly - - Results -

AS we went to press, there was still some doubt as to the fi­nal re­sult in the North of Eng­land road re­lay Cham­pi­onships.

The in­de­ci­sion is be­cause there are ques­tion marks over ath­letes’ el­i­gi­bil­ity in lead­ing teams and whether they have paid-up English mem­ber­ship.

While there are rules which have to be fol­lowed, surely this should have been sorted when the ath­letes en­tered – the clos­ing date was over a week be­fore the race.

If ath­letes were in­el­i­gi­ble, then clubs should have known that be­fore they were se­lected on the day.

It should not be the sit­u­a­tion where, over 48 hours af­ter the event, no one is sure who the medal­lists were!

Op­po­nents of the reg­is­tra­tion scheme have been given am­mu­ni­tion of its in­ef­fi­ciency when it holds up medal dis­tri­bu­tion on ma­jor events.

It is not al­ways clear cut and there have been plenty of in­stances where ath­letes have orig­i­nally been de­clared in­el­i­gi­ble and later found there has been some sort of ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror and they were el­i­gi­ble to run af­ter all. Be­fore the event is when it should have been re­solved.

Steve Smythe,

re­sults ed­i­tor

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