British athletes who may lose their world records have received an apology from the man responsible for the controversial anti-doping proposal.

Paula Radcliffe, Jonathan Edwards and Colin Jackson are among “collateral damage” says European Athletics taskforce chair Pierce O’Callaghan.

But he told BBC Radio 5 live: “There is a bigger picture out there.”

All pre-2005 records could be rewritten under the new rules, which need to be ratified by governing body, the IAAF.

O’Callaghan said: “Apologies to the athletes, we never intended to damage their reputation and legacy. It is intended to give the public belief and credibility in what they are watching in the sport.”


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