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Russian athletes file 44 individual applications with IAAF for neutral flag participation

MOSCOW, February 21. /TASS/. A total of 44 Russian national track and field athletes have submitted their individual applications with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) requesting permissions to compete in international competitions in the status of neutral athletes, a senior Russian athletics official said on Tuesday.

"A total of 44 applications were submitted with 33 of them already in processing mode, while 11 more are in the waiting mode," Dmitry Shlyakhtin, the president of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), told journalists.

‘There are issues regarding doping abuse histories, low-level results and appearance in the McLaren report," Shlyakhtin said. "All documents were accepted, there were no additional questions and we are waiting for the final decision (from IAAF)."

"The reply (from the IAAF) will be forwarded to the ARAF, since all applications were submitted via us," the ARAF chief added.

In early January, the IAAF issued criteria, which Russian track and field athletes should meet in order to file applications for participating in international competitions as neutral athletes. All applications must be submitted with the IAAF via ARAF.

In 2015, the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission carried out an investigation in regard to the activities of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (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.