Butchart ha detto in un episodio di “Il podcast della domenica” ha cambiato una data su un vecchio test mentre si preparava per il check-in perché c'era un ritardo nella restituzione di un test PCR, secondo Reuters.
The podcast was reportedly taken down after he made the remarks.
“Everybody has faked PCR tests, Sono sicuro, to try to go somewhere because it’s just so hard,” Egli ha detto.
A UK Athletics spokesperson told Reuters the organization and the British Olympic Association were investigating Butchart after he made the comments.
“We take very seriously any suggestion that an athlete has not followed these guidelines correctly and broken any COVID-related protocols,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Butchart attempted to walk back the comments on Tuesday.
“I never faked it, the test came through in time, but I’ve heard rumors of others faking tests. The context of the podcast was about how hard it has been for athletes during the pandemic to travel and race,” he the Times of UK. “I used the example of athletes I know having to use previous PCR results to get through check-in but not immigration. To confirm, I have not done this but know of people who have.”
Butchart ran for Britain in the 2016 Olympics and qualified for the 5,000-meters race for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Games.