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World Athletics nod to Russian U20 sportsperson to compete as neutral athlete

World Athletics has given nod to a Russian U20 sportsperson to compete as neutral athlete in the international arena. Photo: World Athletics

Monaco, Nov 19 (MNN) World Athletics Doping Review Board has approved a Russian athlete’s plea to compete in international U20 competition as a neutral athlete in 2021 even as Russian national federation (RusAF) remains suspended.

Ulyana Andreyeva (1500m, 3000m, 5000m, cross country) has met the exceptional eligibility criteria for 2021 to compete in the U20 category only under Eligibility Rule 3.2, the world body said.

A total of 151 Russian athletes have so far been declared eligible to compete as authorised neutral athletes in 2021. Six applications have been rejected.

The World Athletics Council approved the reinstatement of the authorised neutral athlete (ANA) programme for clean athletes from Russia in March 2021, following the approval of the RusAF Reinstatement Plan.

There is no cap on the number of Russian athletes who may compete at international competitions in 2021 (outside of the Olympic Games and other championships), provided they have ANA status.

However, the Council agreed that for the remainder of 2021, no more than 10 Russian athletes will be granted eligibility to compete as authorised neutral athletes at any championship competition.

RusAF may choose which 10 athletes are able to compete from those who have been granted ANA status, but it must prioritise the selection of athletes who are in the International Registered Testing Pool.

The participation of all athletes granted ANA status is still subject to formalities under World Athletics Rules being completed (which could, in some cases, include additional testing) and to acceptance of their entries by individual meeting organisers.

As this is an ongoing process, World Athletics will only make announcements as and when decisions are made by the Doping Review Board concerning successful applications and those athletes have been informed.

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