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UK athletics body wants all world records wiped off

London: UK Athletics wants all world records to be reset due to the sport's doping crisis and has announced it will seek to bring in a lifetime ban for any athlete guilty of a serious drugs violation. The governing body for British athletics has published 'A Manifesto for Clean Athletics', which calls for hard-hitting measures to be brought in to clean up the sport.

It comes after the doping scandal that has seen Russia banned from international athletics, with allegations that former officials from the sport's world governing body the IAAF also took money to cover up positive tests from Turkish and Moroccan athletes. Kenya, one of the most high-profile countries in distance running, is also at the centre of doping-related allegations.

UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner said: "The integrity of athletics was challenged as never before in 2015. Clean athletes and sports fans the world over have been let down. Trust in the sport is at its lowest point for decades.

"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." Dick Pound, the chairman of World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) independent commission, is to announce the second part of the findings of his investigation into the IAAF and Russia on Thursday at a news conference in Munich.

Other proposals

> Sponsors must not support athletes guilty of serious doping offences.
> WADA must set up public global register of all drugs tests, so time & place of tests given by all athletes are open to scrutiny.
> All lottery-funded British athletes must agree for their tests to be on public register
> All athletes in world championships must have valid blood/biological passport.

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