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World Athletics Council bans prototype shoes – Source CNET Tech

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Nike’s Vaporfly shoes are allowed in World Athletics competitions under new rules.


Track and field’s governing body, the World Athletics Council, has announced new rules about what shoes competitors can wear. Prototype shoes will not be allowed. Effective April 30, all shoes must have been available for purchase in retail stores for at least four months prior to a competition. Shoes can only be customized for aesthetic or medical reasons.

The new rule is part of an effort to crack down on shoe technology “to protect the integrity of the sport.”

“Where World Athletics has reason to believe that a type of shoe or specific technology may not be compliant … it may submit the shoe or technology for study and may prohibit the use of the shoe…

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