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Thirty Russian athletes to compete under neutral status at European Athletics Championship

The 2018 European Athletics Championship will be held in Berlin between August 7 and 12

MOSCOW, July 31. /TASS/. A total of 30 Russian track and field athletes have been granted permission from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to participate under a neutral status next month at the European athletics championship, a spokesperson for Russia’s governing track and field athletics body told TASS on Tuesday.

The world’s next major track and field tournament is the 2018 European Athletics Championship and it is scheduled to be held in the German capital of Berlin between August 7 and 12.

Natalia Yukhareva, a spokesperson for the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), told TASS that "the final list of Russian athletes allowed to take part in the European championship includes 30 names."

In 2015, the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission carried out an investigation into the activities of the ARAF, the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency) 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.

The work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and RUSADA was eventually suspended. The IAAF in turn decided to suspend ARAF’s membership in the global governing body of athletics and put forward a host of criteria, which the Russian ruling body of track and field sports was obliged to implement in order to restore its membership in the global federation.

The IAAF, however, permitted clean athletes from Russia to participate in the international tournaments under the neutral status until the membership of the ARAF was reinstated.