Paris – The International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF) said on Monday it had cleared 42 Russian athletes to return
to international events, albeit competing under a neutral banner and not
Athletics’ governing body banned Russia in November 2015
because of evidence of state-sponsored doping, but Russian athletes cleared by
the IAAF can compete as neutrals.
“The IAAF Doping Review Board has agreed that the
applications of 42 Russian athletes have met the exceptional eligibility
criteria to compete in international competition as neutral athletes in
2019,” the IAAF said on Monday.
“The application process for athletes seeking neutral
status in international competitions in 2019 opened in December 2018. The
Doping Review Board is prioritising, wherever possible, applications from
athletes wishing to compete in the current indoor season.”
Among the athletes are two-time women’s world high jump
champion Maria Lasitskene, 2015 world 110 metre hurdles champion Sergey
Shubenkov and European pole vault silver medallist Timur Morgunov.
Russia will learn on Tuesday whether it is to face fresh
sanctions over December’s missed deadline to allow investigators from the World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) access to the Moscow laboratory at the epicentre of the
That is the latest chapter in an affair that started with
Richard McLaren’s July 2016 report detailing doping in Russia from 2011 to 2015
involving more than 1,000 athletes across more than 30 sports.