After a long history of doping scandals, the governing body of track and field is considering wiping records set before 2005, which is when more stringent anti-doping rules were put into effect.
Developed by European Athletics, this “Record Revolution Plan” put those pre-2005 records in danger, unless they meet certain criteria.
Proponents say this wouldn’t erase records, it would just create a new, clean slate for track and field, in a landscape where, currently, athletes might be competing against ludicrous, doping-induced standards.
For both track and field, as well as other sports, how do doping scandals affect your perception of world records? Should there be a “reset” of records once more stringent standards are put in place? Or is there too great a risk of scrubbing legitimate feats of human athleticism from the books?
John Gleaves, assistant professor in Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton; he specializes in the history and sociology of performance enhancing drugs in sports; he tweets @ProfJohnGleaves