WMA safety officers can pull you from a meet if you’re ‘a danger’
World Masters Athletics has a new rule, approved by the Porto Alegre General Assembly, that puts a lot of power in the hands of “safety officers.” If they think your health is endangered â€” or you’re a risk to your rivals â€” you can be yanked from the track or field. No kidding! See the rule here: â€œThe World Masters Athletics Council shall appoint a Safety Director. Who shall appoint one or more Safety Officers with authority to withdraw from competition any athlete whose continued participation in that competition would, in the opinion of the Safety Officers, endanger the athlete’s health or the safety of the other competitors. The Safety Officer may exercise their authority through deputies and both the Safety Officers and any Deputies shall be clearly identifiable with full accreditation.” Not sure why this is needed. But it smells bad.