May 022017

LONDON: Innocent athletes worried that their world and European records will be struck off received an apology on Tuesday from the official who proposed the radical anti-doping plan.European Athletics’ taskforce chair Pierce O’Callaghan said he accepted that some record-breakers would be “collateral damage” under the measures which suggest resetting pre-2005 marks.“Apologies to the athletes, we never intended to damage their reputation and legacy,” O’Callaghan told BBC Radio. O’Callaghan said he had spoken to Radcliffe and Britain’s triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards, another athlete who could be affected because his mark was set in 1995.

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