Athletics doping crisis: UK Athletics calls for IAAF to reset world records for 'Clean Athletes' era in new manifesto

UK Athletics has made 14 proposals in response to the sport's doping crisis ahead of Dick Pound's second part of the World Anti-Doping Agency's independent commission

Martyn Ziegler
Monday 11 January 2016 08:01
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IAAF president Sebastian Coe
IAAF president Sebastian Coe

UK Athletics has launched a major campaign in response to the sport's doping crisis and has announced it will seek to bring in a lifetime ban for any athlete guilty of a serious drugs violation.

The governing body for British athletics has published 'A Manifesto for Clean Athletics', which calls for hard-hitting measures to be brought in to clean up the sport.

It comes after the doping scandal that has seen Russia banned from international athletics, with allegations that former IAAF officials also took money to cover up positive tests from Turkish and Moroccan athletes. Kenya, one of the most high-profile countries in distance running, is also at the centre of doping-related allegations.

Dick Pound, the chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency's (Wada) independent commission, is to announce the second part of the findings of his investigation into the IAAF and Russia on Thursday at a news conference in Munich.

UK Athletics has made 14 proposals including seeking "to enforce a lifetime ban against representing Great Britain for any athlete guilty of a serious anti-doping violation" and doubling the length of bans worldwide for serious offences from four years to eight years.

Other proposals include:

  • A new set of world records to be brought in by the IAAF based on performances in the new 'Clean Athletics' era.
  • Sponsors not supporting athletes guilty of serious doping offences.
  • The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) setting up a public global register of all drugs tests so that the times and places of tests undertaken by all athletes are open to scrutiny.
  • All lottery-funded athletes in Britain should agree to have their tests available on a public register maintained by UK Anti-Doping.
  • Wada should tighten up the process around the granting of Therapeutic Use Exemptions to athletes.
  • All athletes competing in world championships should have a valid blood/biological passport.

UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner said: "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.

"UKA believes the time has come for radical reform if we are to help restore trust in the sport. Athletics needs to act very differently if we are to move on from the crisis facing the sport.

"We are publishing today a 'Manifesto for Clean Athletics'. We cannot will the ends - a clean sport that people can trust - if we are not prepared to be bold and put in place the means to get there."

"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."

Warner said UK Athletics is also to announce the recommendations of its review into the Oregon Project run by Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar which was commissioned following allegations by BBC's Panorama that the coach had violated anti-doping rules.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) had asked UKA not to publish its findings while they continue its investigations into Salazar but Warner said: "We are also publishing the recommendations from our review into Oregon last summer. We had said we would wait until the Usada Report before publishing but the need for transparency overrides our previously stated position."

UK Athletics is the only one among the Diamond League organisers to have a policy of not inviting athletes who have previously been found guilty of a serious anti-doping violation.

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