To wipe out world records alone is illogical - James

May 09, 2017
Bruce James


Track and field analyst Bruce James believes that it would be illogical to wipe all world records set before 2005 from the books, without wiping out all track and field performances prior to that year.

European Athletics has ratified a task force proposal to wipe out the records and has asked the sport's world governing body the International association of Athletics Federations to adopt the changes.

It is expected that the proposal would be discussed at the IAAF congress in London this August.

However, James said that it would be impossible to single out world records and believes that an "all or nothing" approach would have to be taken.

"You can't take just world records out. You have to take out all performances. All the performances would then come into question; it can't just be world records. If you're questioning world records, you're questioning every single performance done before," he said.

According to European Athletics' proposal a world record would only be recognised if it meets three criteria, namely, it was achieved at a competition on a list of approved international events where the highest standards of officiating and technical equipment can be guaranteed; the athlete had been subject to an agreed number of doping control tests in the months leading up to it, and the doping control sample taken after the record was stored and available for re-testing for 10 years.

The IAAF only began storing blood and urine samples since 2005 and records which do not meet the criteria would be on "all time list" but not be recognised as records.

"I don't know what purpose it (an all-time list) serves then," James said

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