Three Russians approved to compete internationally as neutral athletes

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February 25, 2017
Russia's Yuliya Zaripova carries her national flag as she celebrates her win in the women's 3000-metres steeplechase during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. Zaripova was banned for doping on Friday, January. 30, 2015. (AP Photo)

The IAAF Doping Review Board has agreed that the applications of three Russians have met the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in international competition as neutral athletes under competition rule 22.1A(b) while the Russian national federation (RusAF) remains suspended.

The Doping Review Board, which is composed of Robert Hersh (chair), Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski, has unanimously accepted the applications of pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova, sprinter, Kristina Sivkova, and hammer thrower Aleksei Sokirskii.

Their participation as neutral athletes in international competition is still subject to acceptance by the individual athlete and the organiser of the competition in question, in accordance with the rules of that competition. If agreed, all three athletes are able to compete in either the 34th European Indoor Championships or the 17th European Throwing Cup in March.

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