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World Athletics to decide by Feb 22 on Russia’s participation in European championship

The 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships is scheduled to be hosted by Poland’s Torun on March 4-7

MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. The world’s governing track and field athletics body, World Athletics, plans to make a decision before February 22 on Russia’s possible neutral status participation in the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championship next month, RusAF (the All-Russia Athletics Federation) acting President Irina Privalova said on Tuesday.

"They have promised us that they will announce their decision before February 22," Privalova told journalists.

The 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships is scheduled to be hosted by Poland’s Torun on March 4-7.

Mateusz Bosiacki, a spokesman for the tournament’s organizing committee, told TASS last week that Russian track and field athletes will be able to participate in the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Poland next month if World Athletics grants them the status of the Authorized National Athlete (ANA) before February 24.

On Saturday, RusAF sent to World Athletics a detailed strategic plan of the federation’s reinstatement in its rights.

Due to the currently suspended membership of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) with World Athletics Russian track and field athletes have no right for participating in international tournaments even under the neutral status.

In early December, World Athletics decided to postpone its decision on the issuance of neutral status for Russian athletes until the world’s governing body of track and field athletics received a final detailed plan on RusAF’s status reinstatement.

World Athletics, suspended RusAF’s membership in November 2015, following a wave of anti-doping rules violations and formed a special mission on the issue.

World Athletics, however, allowed clean athletes from Russia to participate in international tournaments under the neutral status or the Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA) until the membership of the RusAF is reinstated. The ANA status prohibits Russian athletes from participating in all international track and field tournaments under the national flag.