Scotland launch bid to compete separately from Team GB in athletics

SCOTLAND are pushing to become an independent nation from Great Britain in European competitions.

The national body have written to European Athletics requesting that the nations enter teams individually instead of being part as one big team.

 Scotland's Laura Muir won gold at the European championships earlier this year

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Scotland's Laura Muir won gold at the European championships earlier this year

That will mean Great Britain will lose the likes of golden girl Laura Muir who won gold at the European Championships in Berlin this year.

The fallout was sparked over differences in UK Athletics when chairman Richard Bowker caused outrage by proposing that UKA take control of England Athletics in Birmingham, according to the Daily Mail.

Both Wales and Scotland chiefs were furious with the decision because they feel the nations would lose power and opportunities for their athletes.

Scottish Athletics chief executive Mark Munro told the BBC: "This has been a topic of discussion by home nations and UK Athletics for the past 18 months or so,

 Scotland have produced some of the world's finest athletes over the years

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Scotland have produced some of the world's finest athletes over the years
 Muir, 25, was born in Inverness and could soon be representing Scotland over Great Britain

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Muir, 25, was born in Inverness and could soon be representing Scotland over Great Britain

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"We recently launched our new strategy document entitled Building a Culture of Success.

"Enshrined within that document is a principle to try and create more opportunities for Scottish athletes to compete as Scotland at European level.

"Our chair, Ian Beattie, and I attended the European Athletics Convention in Lausanne recently and in writing to thank them we asked if the possibility could be explored for Scotland – and England, Wales and Northern Ireland – to compete at the likes of the Euro Cross Country Champs (every year) and the European Champs (indoors and outdoors, every two years).

"The landscape in sport is always changing and there are other models in British sport of Scotland competing at European level and then contributing athletes/players to GB teams – so we will look at how that framework applies, too."

SCOTLAND are pushing to become an independent nation from Great Britain in European competitions.