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  • IAAF Approves Neutral Status for More Russian Athletes


    (ATR) The International Association of Athletics Federation tells Around the Rings newly accepted neutral athletes can compete at the London 2017 World Championships.

    The 2017 World Championships are happening at London Olympic Stadium (Getty Images)
    The IAAF accepted the eligibility of eight new Russian athletes to compete as neutral athletes in international competition. An IAAF spokesperson said that if the athletes were to meet qualification standards they would be eligible to race in the World Championships starting Aug. 5.

    The eight athletes are as follows: Ilia Ivaniuk, high jump, Sergej Litvinov, hammer throw, Alena Lutkovskaia, pole vault, Danil Lysenko, high jump, Sofia Palkina, hammer throw, Valery Pronkin, hammer throw, Vladislav Saraykin, race walk, and Ekaterina Sokolenko, steeplechase.

    A statement from the federation said that a total of 53 applications were declined in the latest review. 

    No more athletes are expected to be granted eligibility ahead of London 2017, the spokesperson said to ATR. So far a total of 47 Russian athletes have been granted neutral status by the IAAF.

    “From the beginning we have declared this process was about supporting the hopes and aspirations of all clean athletes including Russian athletes who have been failed by their national system,” Seb Coe, IAAF President, said in the statement. “I wish to thank the Doping Review Board for their diligent work assessing these applications.”

    The Russian Athletes Federation was suspended in 2015 by the IAAF over repeated doping violations. The entire Russian athletics delegation was barred from Rio 2016, save for one athlete, after the release of the first McLaren report. As of April this year, the IAAF says that RusAF must continue to make substantial progress before being reinstated.

    An IAAF spokesman also confirmed to ATR that a refugee team will take part in the 2017 World Championships. The team will be comprised of athletes from a training camp run by Tegla Loroupe, which is funded by the IAAF. The full team participating will be released after the qualification period for the championships ends on July 23.

    Written by Aaron Bauer

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