Vernon slams GB selectors after appeal is rejected

Andy Vernon Picture: Paul Jacobs
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ANDY VERNON has slammed British Athletics’ World Championships selection policy and accused them of ‘killing the sport’.

That’s after the European 10,000m silver medallist yesterday lost his appeal against the shock announcement to leave him out of the 62-man squad for this month’s trip to Beijing.

I hope other countries don’t follow the same principles, otherwise they will kill the sport completely.

Andy Vernon

Vernon, who met the qualifying standard for the 10,000m, will now compete in tonight’s Rasschaert Memorial in Ninove, Belgium, and aim to prove selectors were wrong to only choose athletes perceived to be in with a chance of a top-eight finish.

The former Stubbington Green Runners ace said: ‘I am still very disappointed.

‘It was almost like they were making things up as to why I wouldn’t be selected.

‘One of them was that my physiology and running style doesn’t suit Asian conditions.

‘They have never tested my physiology.

‘I have raced once in China and won a World University Games title. I have been there once and won once – how can they argue with that?

‘If every team decided they were only going to send athletes with a chance of finishing in the top eight, we would only have eight people running in every event.

‘The 100m and every event would be a straight final.

‘I hope other countries don’t follow the same principles, otherwise they will kill the sport completely.’

Vernon believes his run tonight is irrelevant to selectors.

He said: ‘I am going to run a 5k although it is not going to do much for me now.

‘I could run a British record 12min 49sec but I am not sure they (British Athletics) would want me to actually.’