Eight more Russians to compete as ‘neutral’ in London
A day after it came to light that the IAAF was closing the window on athletes to submit applications to compete as neutral athletes in next month's World Championships in London, the IAAF Doping Review Board cleared eight more Russian athletes to compete as neutral.
The athletes will participate under competition Rule 22.1A(b) while the Russian national federation remains suspended from the world sports' governing body.
The IAAF said 61 cases were reviewed, of which 53 were denied. So far 47 this year 47 applications were approved for athletes to compete as neutral in the banner event of the IAAF set for August 4 to 13 along with the World Under 18 Championships last week and the European U20 Championships.
The IAAF said that 109 applications have been declined.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe said: "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. I wish to thank the Doping Review Board for their diligent work assessing these applications."