IAAF issues guidelines for Russians wishing to compete as neutral athletes

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has submitted guidelines to the Russian athletics federation (RUSaF) for athletes wishing to apply to compete internationally in 2017, the global governing body has announced.

RusAF remains suspended as an IAAF Member, meaning the country’s athletes are still banned from competing for Russia in international competitions.

The suspension of RusAF as an IAAF Member has been in place since November 2015 and it came after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission report detailed findings including a “deeply rooted culture of cheating” in Russian athletics. Speaking at a press conference on December 1 which followed the 207th IAAF Council meeting in Monaco, IAAF Taskforce independent chairperson Rune Andersen said that while RusAF had made some progress towards satisfying the reinstatement conditions since June, some key issues remained.

The Taskforce will next report on RusAF progress in February 2017. In the meantime, the IAAF has updated its guidelines which give Russian athletes the opportunity to apply for permission to compete in international competitions as a neutral athlete.

A rule allowing Russian athletes to apply to compete internationally was first announced by the IAAF in June, with long jumper Darya Klishina later cleared to compete at the Rio 2016 …

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