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SEVEN RUSSIAN ATHLETES CLEARED TO COMPETE AS NEUTRALS BY IAAF

The World Athletics governing body, the IAAF has cleared seven more Russians to compete as neutrals.

The IAAF has suspended the Russian federation from international athletics due to anti-doping rules and the doping review board of the IAAF has unanimously agreed that the the seven athletes had met “exceptional eligibility criteria”.

Russia were banned in November 2015 from international athletics after claims of state-sponsored doping hence they failed to compete at the 2016 Olympics held in Rio.

With the ban still in existence, Russia will not have a team at this year’s World Championships which take place in London.

The World championship will be held in August this year.

Ahead of the World Championships, seven Russian athletes including world champions Sergey Shubenkov and Mariya Kuchina has been cleared to compete as neutrals. Shubenkov is a 110m hurdles champion while Kuchina is a high jump champion.

The remaining five are; pole vaulters Illia Mudrov and Olga Mullina, race walkers Sergey Shirobokov and Yana Smerdova and high jumper Daniil Tsyplakov.

This brings the toll of Russians competing as neutrals to 12 after three were cleared in February and two cleared last year.

Their participation in competitions is still subject to approval by the organisers of individual events.

Russia Federation is still seeking to have their ban overturned.

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