UK Athletics suggests resetting world records to restore clean era

UK Athletics released a document on Monday outlining proposals that should be implemented for track and field to begin a clean era.

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Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt winning the 100m final 2008 Olympics. Bolt is the 100m world record holder. Photo: SeizureDog via Wikimedia Commons.

UK Athletics published a “Manifesto for Clean Athletics,” on Monday, boldly stating that all past world records should be reset to achieve a new era of track and field.

“Greater transparency, tougher sanctions, longer bans -and even resetting the clock on world records for a new era — we should be open to do whatever it takes to restore credibility in the sport,” said chairman Ed Warner.

“The integrity of athletics was challenged as never before in 2015. Clean athletes and sports fans the world over have been let down. Trust in the sport is at its lowest point for decades,” he added later.

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The document proposes, among other highlights, the following be done in order to achieve a clean sport of athletics:

— Calling for anti-doping authorities to create a public register of athletes being tested.
— Athletes from the leading athletics nations to have a valid blood/biological passport to compete in a world athletics championship.
— Member federations being held accountable for loss of prize monies to athletes of other nationalities if their own athlete’s medal winning result is later annulled.
— And UK Athletics will seek to enforce a lifetime ban against representing Great Britain for any athlete guilty of a serious anti-doping violation.

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The announcement comes in the wake of the international governing body for athletics battling doping in athletics including the measure of provisionally suspending the Russian athletics federation for its participation in nationwide doping.