UNITED States sprinter Jon Drummond could be kicked out of the rest of the World Championships for his lie-down protest.
The world governing body of athletics ordered USA Track and Field on Monday to take disciplinary action against Drummond by Tuesday night (8pm local time, 1800 GMT).
The International Association of Athletics Federations suggested that Drummond should be barred from running in the 400m relay this weekend.
The IAAF's advisory board found that Drummond's behaviour was “improper and unsporting and has brought the sport of athletics into disrepute.'' Any athlete found guilty of such misconduct “shall not take part in competitions,'' according to the IAAF rule book.
Drummond refused to leave the track after being disqualified from Sunday's quarter-final heats for a false start. He lay on his back on the track, argued with officials threw the schedule into chaos for nearly an hour.
“There must be some disciplinary action,'' said IAAF general secretary Istvan Gyulai. “This is unsportsmanlike and damaging behaviour and should not happen again.” – AP