Sport in Short: Athletics

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THE British Athletic Federation is to step up its policing efforts to stop Robert Hamilton-Jones, the 22-year-old Bournemouth runner banned for refusing a drugs test, from competing under assumed names in track meetings. Tony Ward, the BAF's spokesman, said: 'Clearly, we are going to have to warn officials about the possibility of a banned runner entering races under a pseudonym and to be on the look-out for him.'

THE Butch Reynolds affair is off the agenda until May. Istvan Gyulai, the general secretary of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, said yesterday that the case was expected to come up at an IAAF council meeting in Stuttgart on 23-24 May. Reynolds, the world 400 metres record-holder, is back in action after a two-year suspension for steroid use and has qualified for next wonth's world indoor championships in Toronto. The American has been awarded dollars 27m (pounds 18.9m) in court in a battle with the IAAF, which refuses to accept the court's jurisdiction.