World Athletics expects to announce the findings of a review into technology used in road and track shoes by the end of January after athletes wearing Nike's Vaporfly have broken several records and sparked a debate about "technological doping."
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 to Reuters, adding that any change would need to be ratified by its council. "It is not our job to determine the shoe running market for everybody. If people want to run a marathon in Vaporflys or any other shoe, it's not our job to stop them. But if you want a ratified record, then you are classified as elite and have to abide by the rules." When asked about the review and a possible change of rules, Nike said: "We respect the IAAF (now World Athletics) and the spirit of their rules, and we do not create any running shoes that return more energy than the runner expends."
Regulations state that any shoe "must be reasonably available to all in the spirit of the universality of athletics and must not be constructed so as to give athletes any unfair assistance or advantage."
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