UK Athletics proposes IAAF resets world records


UK Athletics (UKA) has called on the IAAF to signal a new era of "clean athletics" by potentially "drawing a line under pre-existing records" and allowing new world records to be set.

Athletics was rocked by allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics following a report from an independent commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published in December, the second part of which is due to be released on Thursday.

On Monday, UKA released a "manifesto for clean athletics", providing measures the organisation believes will help provide the "restoration of credibility" within the sport at a national and international level.

One such proposal is commencing a new set of world records to coincide with stricter anti-doping regulations, while lifetime bans and more stringent "biological passports" for athletes have also been called for.

A statement read: "[UKA calls on] the IAAF to investigate the implications of drawing a line under all pre-existing sport records - for example, by adjusting event rules - and commencing a new set of records based on performances in the new Clean Athletics era.

"Bans should be extended to a minimum of eight years for serious doping offences to ensure that cheating athletes miss two Olympic or Paralympic cycles. Lifetime bans should also be applied in appropriate cases.

"The IAAF should insist that all athletes competing in world championships have a valid blood/biological passport and have been subject to a predetermined number of in-competition and out-of-competition tests in the twelve months preceding the competition," adding that it should become an athlete prerequisite for all major international meets.

"The IAAF should make it the responsibility of member federations to reimburse any lost prize monies to affected athletes resulting from a ban and annulment of results. If a member federation does not honour this responsibility, it can be suspended from participating in major championships.

"Governments should commit to ensuring that their national anti-doping agencies are truly independent, ideally by handing over their management directly to WADA."

UKA chairman Ed Warner added: "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.

"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."