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A complete of 27 Russian athletes have to this point been declared eligible to compete internationally in 2021 as neutrals.

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Monaco: World Athletics has declared 23 Russian monitor and subject athletes eligible to compete below a impartial flag forward of the Tokyo Olympics.

With their nationwide federation below a doping suspension, Russians should apply for particular person exemptions to achieve “authorised impartial athlete” standing after their drug-testing data have been vetted.

Excessive jumper Mikhail Akimenko and race walker Vasiliy Mizinov — each silver medalists from the 2019 world championships — have been among the many names on the checklist launched Saturday by monitor’s governing physique.

A complete of 27 Russian athletes have to this point been declared eligible to compete internationally in 2021 as neutrals.

The opposite 4 embody three-time world champion excessive jumper Mariya Lasitskene and world champion pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova.

Not more than 10 Russian athletes, nonetheless, can be granted eligibility to compete on the Tokyo Olympics, below guidelines authorised by the World Athletics council when it not too long ago revived the authorised impartial athlete or “ANA” scheme.

Two functions for ANA standing have to this point been rejected by the World Athletics doping evaluation board. Saturday’s announcement didn’t determine them.

The Russian monitor federation, referred to as RusAF, has been suspended since 2015 after investigations revealed doping was rife amongst elite Russian athletes.

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Updated: May 22, 2021 — 11:15 am

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