10 Dec

IAAF Raise Doubts About Scotland Team

Lynsey SharpScotland's chances of fielding their own athletics team have been dealt a blow by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Scottish Athletics was looking into the possibility of entering a Scotland squad for certain competitions but IAAF have stated: "Only one member fro each country or territory may be affiliated."

Adding "The recognised national member federation for Great Britain and Northern Ireland is UK Athletics."

Every four years athletes compete under a Scottish banner for the Commonwealth Games and also at a number of home nation meetings.

Scottish Athletics put a submission to the Smith Commission on devolution, with chairman Ian Beattie stating: "Some sports (rugby, football, cricket, hockey, netball for example) already have that opportunity. In athletics and many other sports, such opportunities come round once every four years - in a Commonwealth Games year.

"In athletics, we have seen an erosion in recent years of opportunities outside the mainstream of track and field: areas such as hill running and cross country - foundation disciplines of our sport - where Scotland used to compete at European level as Scotland.

"This no longer exists (we compete as GB), and with tightening budgets there are less and less places available at UK level (for Scots). To be clear, we absolutely support the concept of Team GB and competing at the Olympic Games under that banner. We do, however, seek wider and increased opportunities for Scottish athletes to compete for Scotland on the world stage."