News : World Athletics will tighten control over footwear and ‘technological doping’
When more and more brands jump on the shoe bandwagon with carbon plates and other innovative elements to reduce impact, increase reactivity and, ultimately, reduce times in all testing time. When the ‘supersonic’ models multiply and there is currently a huge range to choose from.
The World Athletics, which has already tried to regulate the use of this type of shoe and that in several competitions (as was the case of the Valencia Marathon and Half, for example) has put this control into practice prior to the test to determine that all the sneakers that the athletes were going to wear were suitable and adjusted to the regulations, It seems that it will revisit these conditions to establish a series of tougher measures in the face of unstoppable growth at the technological level of the main brands.
Late and bad
As the Norwegian portal ‘VG’ comments, the international federation is considering updating the regulations. “It was a long time before World Athletics understood what was about to happen. We are in the process of working and there will be new rules, but they will not be implemented until the end of the year at the earliest. We can’t do anything before the Olympics, ”says Tony Arndt, the Australian living in Sweden who leads the working group that will monitor and prepare new footwear rules for World Athletics.
Arndt is a professor of movement theory at the Swedish Academy of Sports with a specialty in biomechanics. He leads a research group under the auspices of the International Athletics Federation (World Athletics) that verifies that equipment manufacturers make shoes that conform to existing regulations. Arndt and his research colleagues came up with proposals for new rules and a new testing method that will limit the energy athletes get from the shoe. More energy means faster times, says ‘VG’.
“Today’s rules serve their purpose, but they are a bit simple and I see a risk in them. If we only limit the way shoes are built, equipment manufacturers can find new and innovative methods to bypass the rules and still regain more energy, ”says Arndt. In this way, they want to stop brands and their manufacturers and innovation departments from taking advantage of the current legal loopholes to continue reducing muscle impact on their ‘tires’.