IAAF clears 16 more Russians for World Championships
The IAAF, athletics’ international governing body, has cleared 16 Russian athletes to compete as neutrals at next month’s World Championships in London.
The IAAF said the athletes had met the “exceptional eligibility criteria” required, while ARAF, the Russian athletics federation, remains suspended following a high-profile doping scandal.
Former long jump world champion Aleksandr Menkov (pictured) plus discus throwers Viktor Butenko and Iuliia Maltseva, shot putters Aleksandr Lesnoy and Konstantin Lyadusov, and hammer thrower Danil Danilov have all been approved to compete at the World Championships on 4 to 13 August.
Also cleared to participate were triple jumpers Alexey Fedorov, Viktoria Prokopenko and Irina Gemeniuk, high jumper Irina Gordeeva, decathlete Ilya Shkurenev, middle-distance runner Valentin Smirnov and sprinters Timofey Chalyy, Vyacheslav Kolesnichenko and Alena Mamina.
Walker Olga Eliseeva has been cleared to take part in the European Under-20 Championships in Finland this week.
The 16 athletes above join 12 other Russians who have already been given the green light by the IAAF to compete as neuturals in London.
However, Russian athletes will not be present at this month's World Para Athletics Championships, also taking place in London, as the Russian Paralympic Committee is still suspended by the International Paralympic Committee.