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Not more than 10 Russian athletes can compete at Olympics

The World Athletics Doping Review Board on Saturday cleared 23 Russian athletes to compete in international competitions this year as neutral athletes.

Not more than 10 Russian athletes can compete at Olympics

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 May 2021 10:27 AM GMT

LAUSANNE: The World Athletics Doping Review Board on Saturday cleared 23 Russian athletes to compete in international competitions this year as neutral athletes.

The review board said that while the Russian national federation (RusAF) would remain suspended, their athletes, who have met "exceptional eligibility criteria", will be allowed to compete.

While there is no cap on the number of Russian athletes who can compete at international competitions this year provided they have the authorised neutral athlete (ANA) status, "no more than 10 will be granted eligibility to compete as authorised neutral athletes at any championship competition, including the Tokyo Olympic Games…", said a World Athletics (WA) statement.

"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," said WA.

Saturday's decision takes the total number of Russian athletes who can compete in international competitions to 27. IANS

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