Governing body may split from UK and sending Scotland team to events at world and European level
Scottish Athletics is seeking support to send a separate team to some international events, including major competitions such as the annual European cross-country championships.
Currently Scottish athletes compete as part of a Great Britain and Northern Ireland team under UK Athletics apart from at the Commonwealth Games and a few smaller meetings including the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match.
But the national governing body for athletics in Scotland has written to the Smith Commission on devolution to seek backing for more frequent participation of Scottish teams in international competition.
It is believed that the world and European mountain running championships and the world 100km championships could also be events Scottish Athletics would look to send its own team to.
“Some sports (rugby, football, cricket, hockey, netball for example) already have that opportunity. In athletics and many other sports, such opportunities come round once every four years – in a Commonwealth Games year.
“This no longer exists (we compete as GB), and with tightening budgets there are less and less places available at UK level (for Scots).”
On the need for bodies such as the IAAF and European Athletics to approve the move, the letter added: “Scottish Athletics acknowledges that the Smith Commission has no power to instruct continental or global governing bodies to include Scottish teams in their competitions, but believe that the support of an organisation with such a wide political remit can at least help the cause.”