MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has approved the applications of five Russian track and field athletes to compete in international competitions as neutral ones, the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) told TASS on Friday.
Rinas Akhmadeyev (10,000m/half marathon), Artyom Alekseyev (marathon), Artyom Denmukhametov (400m), Denis Lukyanov (hammer throw), Yelizaveta Tsareva (hammer throw) have been allowed to compete as neutral athletes.
Up to now, 72 Russian athletes have been declared eligible to compete as Authorized Neutral Athletes in 2018. Nevertheless, applications from 57 Russian athletes have been denied.
Due to the All-Russia Athletics Federation’s currently suspended membership in the International Association of Athletics Federations, the global athletics body made a decision in late 2016 to allow Russian athletes, who meet IAAF’s required criteria, to compete in international sports events under the neutral status.
In 2015, the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission carried out an investigation into activities of the ARAF, the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian sports ministry.
The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances.
Eventually, the IAAF decided to suspend the ARAF’s membership in the global governing body of athletics and put forward a string of criteria, which the Russian ruling body of track and field sports was obliged to implement to restore its membership in the global federation.