Olympics-UK Athletics looking into athlete comments about ‘faked’ COVID test

(Reuters) – UK Sports is checking out remarks by 5,000 metres runner Andrew Butchart that he altered the date on a COVID-19 test lead to order to go back to Britain after a worldwide occasion, though the Scot has actually because clarified his remarks.

In a now-deleted episode of The Sunday Plodcast, Butchart stated there was a hold-up in getting his PCR test result back prior to his flight and he had actually altered the date on an old test as he got ready for check-in, The Times reported.

“Everybody has faked PCR tests, I’m sure, to try to go somewhere, because it’s just so hard,” Butchart, who has actually been called in Britain’s group for Tokyo, was estimated as stating in the podcast.

UK Sports stated in a declaration to the paper it understood the remarks.

“We take very seriously any suggestion that an athlete has not followed these guidelines,” it stated. “As a result, this selection will stand subject to further investigation. No further comment will be made until this is concluded.”

Butchart, 29, informed The Times on Tuesday he had “perhaps glorified the situation for the podcast” and apologised to Group GB and Tokyo organisers.

“I never faked it, the test came through in time, but I’ve heard rumours of others faking tests,” he stated.

“The context of the podcast was about how hard it has been for athletes during the pandemic to travel and race.

“I utilized the example of professional athletes I understand needing to utilize previous PCR results to survive check-in however not migration. To verify, I have actually refrained from doing this however understand of individuals who have.”

The Tokyo Games, postponed in 2015 since of the COVID-19 pandemic, will start on July 23.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.