The Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association are ‘vigorously pursuing’ Glasgow Games organisers for an explanation as to why they made athlete Keith Gerrard cover up a three legs on the back of his running vest.
The Peel athlete was made to tape over the emblem causing consternation from the many Manxies who watched Friday evening’s men’s 10,000 metres final in Hampden Stadium and live on BBC One.
Various theories as to why the decision has been made have been suggested on social media, but an official reason has yet to be given.
A statement, however, on the Isle of Man Athletics Association Facebook page states that 400m runner Harriet Pryke was also made to cover up a three-legs symbol on her kit when she competed earlier in the week.
The post said: ‘The IoMAA is aware of the controversy regarding the three leg emblem on our athletes’ kit in Glasgow.
‘As far as we are aware at present the kit meets all rules and requirements regarding size, position and type of logos.
The kit was designed some nine months ago by Kukri who have also produced the England kit and that of other nations.
The kit passed preliminary checks in Glasgow and it seems that some then passed the final check in the call room, e.g. high-jumper Reagan Dee’s crop top, while others, e.g. Harriet Pryke’s crop top and Keith Gerrard’s vest, did not pass scrutiny and had the three legs emblem taped over. The matter is now in the hands of the CGA in Glasgow and we await a further update.’