IAAF Approves Application of 7 Russian Athletes

IAAF Approves Application of 7 Russian Athletes

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Doping Review Board has approved the applications of seven Russians to compete as neutral athletes. This takes the tally of athletes cleared to compete as neutrals to 12 in total.

The new applicants include World Champions Sergey Shubenkov (110m hurdles) and Mariya Kuchina (high jump) as well as pole vaulters Illia Mudrov and Olga Mullin. In total the IAAF has received about 100 applications by Russian athletes hoping to compete in international competition as neutral athletes under competition rule 22.1A(b).

Their participation as neutral athletes is still subject to acceptance by the individual event organisers of the competitions in question. The IAAF state ‘they will only make announcements as and when decisions are made by the Doping Review Board concerning successful applications and those athletes have been duly informed.'

The full IAAF press release can be found here

Photo by Erik van Leeuwen © 2014