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11 Russians cleared to compete internationally as neutral athletes ahead of World Championships

AFP/IAAF
Paris
Eleven more Russian athletes have been cleared to compete internationally just two weeks ahead of the world championships in Doha, the IAAF announced on Tuesday.
Russia was barred from international competiton in 2015 over a vast state-run doping conspiracy but athletes subsequently deemed clean have been allowed to compete as neutrals.
Nineteen competed as neutrals at the 2017 world championships in London and 29 at the 2018 European championships in Berlin.
In a statement the IAAF said a total of 128 Russian competitors had been cleared to compete in 2019 but the Russian athletics federation remains banned.
The latest athletes to win clearance include six women: Kseniya Aksyonova (400m), Irina Ivanova (pole vault), Sardana Trofimova (marathon), Anna Tropina (3000m steeplechase), Yuliya Turova (20km race walk) and Nataliya Aksenova (high jump).
The five men also cleared to compete are Mikhail Akimenko (high jump), Vladislav Panasenkov (javelin), Dmitriy Sorokin (triple jump), Anatoliy Rybakov (5000/10,000m), and Konstantin Shabanov (110m hurdles).
The IAAF will address the question of whether to the reintegrate the Russian federation at its council meeting in Doha on September 23, while data from the Russian anti-doping laboratory covering the 2011-2015 period when state-sponsored doping was prevalent is still being analysed.
The application process for athletes seeking neutral status in international competitions in 2019 opened in December 2018.
A total of 128 Russian athletes have so far been declared eligible to compete as authorised neutral athletes in 2019. 58 applications have so far been rejected and one neutral athlete status has been revoked.
The participation of all these athletes as neutral athletes in international competition is still subject to formalities for eligibility under IAAF Rules being completed and subject to acceptance of their entries by individual meeting organisers.
As this is an ongoing process, the IAAF will only make announcements as and when decisions are made by the Doping Review Board concerning successful applications and those athletes have been informed, the IAAF said.

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