Kenenisa criticises IAAF’s proposal wiping out world records set before 2005

Addis Ababa, May 3, 2017 (FBC) –Ethiopian distance runner, Kenenisa Bekele, joined a number of athletes to speak out against the new rule proposed by IAAF wiping out world records set before 2005.

The proposal outlines radical new criteria for determining official records.

In order to be recognized, records must be set at specific, approved events, by athletes who have undergone a preset number of doping tests in the months prior.

Furthermore, all athletes will be required to have a control sample of their blood stored for up to ten years for re-resting purposes.

Since the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) only began storing such samples in 2005, under the new criteria, all records set before that year would de facto be rendered obsolete.

According to the new rule, Kenenisa’s 5000 meter time of 12:37.35 set in 2004 and 10,000 meter time of 26:17.53 set in 2005 are at risk of being wiped out.

When asked by Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) to comment on the plan, Kenenisa said the proposal 'is not appropriate.'

“The problem comes from IAAF’s weakness. It is not the athletes’ faults,” he said.

Kenenisa further said he is ready to voice his concern and ‘protest’ against the proposal.

UK’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe yesterday hit out at the new proposal

Radcliffe, who broke the women's marathon record in 2003, said the proposal was "disrespectful to those athletes whose marks are iconic in history."

"It's unfair to make those clean athletes suffer again at the hands of cheats, because during our careers, we have had to compete against people that we have heavily suspected or known were cheating," she said.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat