BERLIN — IAAF, the world governing body of track and field is expected is set to change its false-start rule this week to penalize any runner who jumps the gun.
However, the new rule, which will likely be approved by the IAAF’s rule-making Congress on Wednesday, would not apply to the upcomint World Championships which begin in Berlin on Saturday.
“You had people cheating and playing tricks,” IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said.
Currently, only the second false start results in a disqualification for the guilty runner, regardless of who caused the first one.
Some athletes deliberately committed a false start, knowing they wouldn’t be punished if it was the first one. These also often delayed the often-crowded programs of big meetings and created awkward dead time during live TV.