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Athletics body to tighten rules after Nike’s Vaporfly helps records tumble: sources – Source Reuters Tech News

LONDON (Reuters) – Athletics’ ruling body will tighten regulations governing shoe technology, two sources familiar with the matter said, after Nike’s popular Vaporfly brand helped re-write running records and sparked debate about whether it was “technological doping.”

FILE PHOTO: Athletics – World Athletics Championships – Doha 2019 – Women’s Marathon – Doha, Qatar – September 28, 2019 General view of Nike Vaporfly shoes during the race REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

World Athletics expects to announce the findings of a review into technology used in road and track shoes by the end of January.

Recreational runners’ use of the fluorescent footwear will be unaffected, World Athletics said. Vaporfly combines carbon plate and ultra-springy compressed foam and is now a familiar sight at starting lines across the world.

“World Athletics definitely agrees that there needs to be greater clarity on what is permissible in elite sport and in our competitions,” it said in a statement…

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