Nine Russians cleared to run as neutrals at IAAF World Under-18 Championships

2017/7/1 14:43:34

In total this year, according to the IAAF, 22 applications from Russian athletes seeking neutral status have been approved and 45 rejected.

 

Photo: Mariya Lasitskene, Russia’s world high jump champion, competing as a neutral at Stockholm 


 

 

 

By Mike Rowbottom for Inside the Games website, June 29, 2017

 

A further nine Russian athletes - all under-18s - have been cleared to compete under a neutral flag by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

 

All of the athletes will be able to feature at the IAAF World Under-18 Championships due to take place in Nairobi in Kenya from July 12 to 16 while the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) remains banned from international athletics competitions.

 

Their suspension came into place in 2015 following a World Anti-Doping Agency report into doping in the country.

 

The IAAF Doping Review Board, composed of chairman Robert Hersh, Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski, has accepted the applications, although the participation of the nine athletes is still subject to formal processes being completed.

 

The athletes cleared to compete in Nairobi are Aksana Gataullinain in the pole vault, race walkers Ekaterina Gorshenina, Salavat Ilkaev, Elvira Khasanova, Sergey Kozhevnikov and Polina Miller, sprinter Varvara Nasibulina, middle-distance runner Danila Tundykov and high jumper Valentina Ulyanova.

 

"I’d like to thank the members of the Doping Review Board for their continued dedication and diligence in this ongoing review process," said IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

 

"This process is about our desire to support the hopes and aspirations of all clean athletes, including Russian athletes of all ages, who have been failed by their national system.

 

"I am delighted these nine athletes will get a chance to compete as neutral athletes in these championships and we will ensure they have the support network they require to compete to the best of their ability."

 

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