Olympic long jump champion Miltiádis Tentóglou is auctioning a pair of his shoes to help victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria ©Getty Images

Olympic long Jump champion Miltiádis Tentóglou is to auction a pair of his shoes to raise funds to help the victims of the earthquake which struck Southern Turkey and Syria.

More than 47,000 are believed to have lost their lives in the first wave of earthquakes and a further tremor was reported yesterday on the Turkish-Syrian border.

The auction was suggested by his trainer Giorgos Pomaski and proceeds will go specifically to help children affected by the disaster.

The shoes on offer have an interesting background which seems certain to make them more collectable.

Tentoglou wore them at the ORLEN Copernicus Cup in Toruń Poland, the third of this season's World Athletics World Indoor Tour Gold meetings, when he jumped 8.40 metres.

This would have been a indoor season best in the event, but the jump was annulled by World Athletics because his spikes infringed regulations.

Tentóglou wrote a long post saying the World Athletics decision is "unfair" and that he was "disgusted".

"So @worldathletics have people on their team that have no idea about shoes and sport," he wrote on Instagram.

"And they decide what spikes are ok or not for the athletes.

"They think the thickness of the back of the shoe is something that it's good.

"It's actually not only useless but makes the spike heavy and hard to run.

"They cancel my 8.40 jump because I'm wearing the spike in the 1st picture.

"While the other 2 spikes are ok for the long jump .

"The first 2 pictures are the same spike but different color BTW.

"Did you check the spikes of the old records?

"Did they have laser on the board?

"I think you should have people on your team that have experience with the sport.

"I'm the one who is jumping.

"I want to wear what is comfortable and safe.

"I don't care about an 8.40 jump..I can jump it whenever the fuck I want . It's just unfair. I'm disgusted."

In Paris later, Tentoglou recorded 8.41m, the same distance he had achieved outdoors when he won Olympic gold in Tokyo.

Last year, he had retained his European outdoor title in Munich and also took silver at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene.