Clean athletes will feel robbed if records taken away - Glover

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Helen Glover can see why clean athletes would feel "robbed" if their world records were expunged from the record books as part of proposals from European Athletics.

This month the European Athletics Council put forward recommendations that could erase records that do not meet certain anti-doping criteria.

It was suggested by the Council that milestones would only stand in instances where the athlete in question had been "subject to an agreed number of doping control tests in the months leading up to the performance and the doping control sample taken after the record is stored and available for re-testing for 10 years".

The International Association of Athletics Federations only stores blood and urine samples back to 2005, and all records prior to that date may be wiped off the record books, meaning the likes of triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards - who set a best of 18.29 metres in 1995 - may lose his record.

Glover, a two-time Olympic champion for Great Britain in rowing, set a world record with Heather Stanning en route to winning the women's pairs at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam in 2014.

The record would be safe under the plans, but, while recognising that athletics must take a stand to clean up sport, Glover believes measures should be taken to protect clean athletes.

"I haven't really read the ins and outs of the case but my initial instinct is that 'I hold a world record and it was after 2005 thankfully', but if it wasn't and somebody was going to take it away from me I would probably feel quite robbed," she told Omnisport. 

"I would feel quite robbed because I know what I had to do training wise, with the hours and dedication to get it. 

"At one stage, the world record was a real target, it wasn't something that just happened, it was a real target that we put a lot into and to think that someone could take that away - whether it is a necessary evil? I don't know. 

"The most important thing is that the sport is cleaned up and that the sport is clean and is getting cleaner and that people feel that they don't have the right to cheat. 

"Equally, though, clean athletes need to be protected as well, so it's a really tough question."

Helen Glover was speaking on behalf of SAS - the leader in analytics software and services. SAS is the Official Analytics Partner of British Rowing. Further information at www.sas.com.