Scottish Athletics confirmed it is looking into examining national records which are held by athletes who have faced historical allegations of doping
Scottish Athletics has confirmed that the governing body intends to prevent any Scottish athlete who receives a serious doping ban from holding a national record.
The sport has had to endure negative headlines for the past 12 months regarding widespread corruption emanating from the top of both the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Russia’s national federation, including allegations of a systematic doping cover-up and extortion of athletes.
UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner sparked debate recently with the release of a 14-point plan focusing on the progression into a new “clean era” of athletics which included the suggestion of drawing a line under all existing IAAF world records.
Chairman of Scottish Athletics, Ian Beattie, has now confirmed that the federation is endorsing its own three-point plan surrounding the issue of doping by any Scottish athletes.
The third point in a statement reads: “We propose to introduce what we see as a very significant step in terms of Scottish national records. As guardians for those, Scottish Athletics have the right to set parameters on Scottish national records and we will amend the criteria to ensure that – from this point onwards – any athlete who in the future receives a suspension for a serious doping offence (two years or more) will not be eligible to hold a Scottish national record.”
The federation also reiterated that athletes entered into Scottish national events must agree to the anti-doping procedures undertaken on the day if requested to do so, and confirmed it will be issuing the latest banned substance guidelines to all its registered athletes.
While Scottish Athletics doesn’t have jurisdiction to dictate anti-doping matters, Beattie confirmed that the body is looking into conducting an examination of various questionable Scottish records.
He said: “We have as a board on a number of occasions over the past two years discussed issues relating to some long-standing Scottish national records, against which allegations have been made regarding the use of performance-enhancing substances by the athletes at that time.
“So far, we have not yet come up with the right framework to take action in a way which is fair to all athletes and takes account of the evidence available for historical performances.
“However, it remains firmly on our agenda and a subject for more discussion.”