Andrew Butchart: British Athletics investigates faked Covid-19 take a look at claims

Andrew Butchart: British Athletics investigates faked Covid-19 test claims

Andrew Butchart with his European bronze medal
Andrew Butchart is a European bronze medallist

British Athletics is investigating claims Scottish runner Andrew Butchart faked a Covid-19 take a look at to be able to return to the UK after a global occasion.

The feedback had been allegedly made by Butchart in a podcast that was subsequently deleted.

He was chosen on Tuesday for Crew GB for the Tokyo Olympics however British Athletics says that’s beneath assessment.

The 29-year-old completed sixth within the closing of the 5000m on the 2016 Video games.

Butchart allegedly mentioned he modified the date on an earlier PCR take a look at after a delay in getting outcomes again earlier than his flight to the UK.

Nevertheless, in an announcement launched by his consultant, Butchart mentioned he had “by no means falsified a PCR take a look at” and had “at all times complied with the rules of the nations I’ve been travelling in”.

“The context of the podcast was about how laborious it has been for athletes throughout the pandemic to journey and race. I maybe glorified the scenario for the podcast and I apologise if it got here throughout the flawed means and or causes any offence to anybody.”

In an announcement, British Athletics mentioned it was “conscious of feedback” and that it “takes very critically any suggestion that an athlete has not adopted tips”.

It added: “Consequently, this choice will stand topic to additional investigation by UK Athletics. No additional remark will likely be made till this investigation is concluded.”

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