Cuthbert questions record-scrapping proposal

first_imgBarcelona 92′ double silver medallist Juliet Cuthbert is imploring track and field’s global authority, the IAAF to reject a proposal by the European athletics body, which calls for the removal of world records set prior to 2005. Supporters of the move are hoping this would lift the sport from a string of doping scandals and increase credibility. However, there has been strong opposition to the proposal, which if implemented, would affect almost half of the 146 men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor records — many of which have never been subject to suspicion. Cuthbert, who sprinted to silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, took to Twitter to voice her disapproval of the proposals. Some of the other big names which could be affected by a move to reset the record books would be the likes of Hicham El Guerrouj, Michael Johnson and Florence Griffith-Joyner, with world records in seven of the eight men’s field events as well as the women’s 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m marks also set to be removed. Under the proposal, athletes with world records prior to 2005 would have their names removed from the world record list on to an ‘all-time list’. The IAAF will make a decision on the proposals in August. “If the IAAF wipes world record how will they deal with those without WR but are ranked on the world list. # pleaseexplain,” Cuthbert enquired. “There are many who are suspects ranked ahead of me. Do those time stay too? @iaaforg . #rethink,” she added. “Are we then all under suspicion before 2005? @iaaforg” If ratified, Merlene Ottey would lose her 24 year-old 200m indoor world record of 21.87 seconds. last_img read more

Barking all the way to the bank

first_imgLANCASTER – A volunteer committee that organized Lancaster’s popular Bark at the Park dog festival last fall presented a check Tuesday for $1,500 to the Los Angeles County Animal Shelter in Lancaster. The donation came from proceeds from an auction and a raffle held during the Oct. 1 event at Lancaster City Park. The 2005 event was the first time money was raised for the benefit of the shelter. “Hopefully we’ll be able to donate more in the future,” said Sean Ponso, recreation supervisor for the city of Lancaster. The funds will go toward installing new visitation pens and repairing a pair of existing visitation pens. The pens are areas where people can interact with animals they are considering adopting, said Terry Eversull, the shelter’s manager. james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Starting out 10 years ago as a Frisbee dog competition that attracted about 100 people, Bark at the Park has grown and now draws about 4,500 pet owners annually. “It’s a way for people to show off their dogs, have fun with their dogs, and learn to do more with their dogs,” said Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts. The event still has a Frisbee competition, but it now includes other contests and attractions, including a costume contest, a canine “good citizenship” ring to test animals’ obedience and manners, a best singing dog competition, agility competitions and “splash” dog contests to see how far an animal can jump into a pool of water. The 2006 Bark at the Park will be held Oct. 7. Information about the event can be found on the Web at lancasterbarkatthepark.org. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 last_img read more