Seven Russian athletes cleared to compete as neutrals at World Indoors
Seven Russian track and field athletes have met strict criteria laid down by the IAAF, athletics’ world governing body, to compete under a neutral flag at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham on March 1 to 4.
The IAAF said today that Maksim Afonin (shot put) and Anna Krylova (triple jump) have been added to five others understood to include two-time world champion Maria Lasitskene (high jump), 2017 World Championships silver medallist Danil Lysenko (high jump), European champion Anzhelika Sidorova (pole vault) and Russian champion Viktoria Prokopenko (triple jump) to compete at the event.
Afonin and Krylova are the 20th and 21st so-called ‘Authorised Neutral Athletes’ approved by the IAAF in 2018. Twenty-one applications have not been approved.
The IAAF said: “Participation is still subject to formalities for eligibility under IAAF Rules being completed and subject to acceptance of their entries by individual meeting organisers.”
The IAAF stated that since it published a simplified application procedure in December, it has received more than 100 applications from Russian athletes, “many of whom are wishing to compete in the summer season.” Applications from those wanting to compete in the World Indoor Championships and in IAAF World Indoor Tour meetings have been prioritised, the IAAF said.
Applications have approved under the IAAF’s so-called ‘exceptional eligibility criteria’ which were imposed in the wake of a major doping and corruption scandal in Russian athletics.
The All-Russia Athletics Federation remains suspended as a result of the scandal, but Russian athletes could apply to compete as ‘authorised neutral athletes’ in a process that mirrors the one adopted by the International Olympic Committee for the winter Olympic Games presently under way in PyeongChang.
In August last year, ARAF failed with a plea for its reinstatement, after the ‘state-supported’ doping scandal that wracked the sport in the country led world governing body the IAAF to suspend it in 2015.