THE governing body of athletics in the United Kingdom has recommended that world records in the sport be reset in order to herald a “new era” of competition.
Chairman of UK Athletics Ed Warner has announced that “radical reform” is needed, noting that “The integrity of athletics was challenged as never before in 2015.”
“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,” he added.
A report issued by the body has also suggested a public global register of all drugs tests, minimum eight year bans for drugs cheats, and that Britain take the lead internationally in forging an era of clean competition.
Doping and corruption scandals have seriously impacted the reputation of world athletics over recent months with Russian athletes now barred from global competition for alleged doping and former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Lamine Diack, facing criminal investigation for bribery.