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IAAF bars Olympic champion Chicherova from foreign competitions

In December 2016, IAAF decided to allow Russian athletes that comply with its criteria to perform at international competitions as neutral athletes during the suspension of RusAF
Anna Chicherova Egor Aleev/TASS
Anna Chicherova
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MOSCOW, August 3. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has refused to grant a neutral status to Olympic high jump champion Anna Chicherova and, so, barred her from performing at foreign competitions, the press service of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) told TASS.

"We have received a refusal to grant a neutral status for athlete Anna Chicherova from IAAF," the press service stated.

In December 2016, IAAF decided to allow Russian athletes that comply with its criteria to perform at international competitions as neutral athletes during the suspension of RusAF, which has been in place since November 2015.

On June 30, Chicherova’s suspension term for a doping rules violation expired. Russia’s championship in Kazan, which ended on July 22, became the first competition after two years of suspension for Chicherova, aged 36. She came in second (1.90 meters) at the tournament in Kazan.

Chicherova is a 2012 Olympic champion and a 2011 world champion.