Powell calls record rewrite plans 'a slap in the face'

Mike Powell

Plans to rewrite world records set before 2005 are “disrespectful, an injustice and a slap in the face”, says former long jumper Mike Powell, who stands to lose his own world record.

The proposals by European Athletics are part of attempts to make a clean break with the sport’s doping scandals.

If the move is approved, world records would only be recognised if they can stand up to strict new criteria.