The International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF has published a set of guidelines for individual Russian athletes seeking exceptional eligibility to compete in international competitions, more specifically the Rio Olympic Games in six weeks’ time.
The guidelines follows last week’s IAAF Council Meeting, where it was announced that the international athletics body would uphold the suspension of the Russian Athletics Federation (RAF) and its athletes ahead of Rio 2016.
During the Council Meeting, IAAF President, Sebastian Coe announced a rule amendment which means that any individual athletes who can “clearly and convincingly show that they are not tainted by the Russian system” because they have been outside the country and subject to other effective anti-doping systems, should be able to apply for permission to compete in international competitions, not for Russia but as a neutral athlete.
There has since been ongoing confusion sparked by International Olympic Council IOC President, Thomas Bach on whether any such athletes would be eligible to compete under the Russian flag or not.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe said: “Both the Taskforce and the Doping Review Board have worked extremely hard to get to where we are today, just days away from the European Championships. We know there are some Russian athletes considering applying to compete in international competitions under this new rule so it is important they are all clear about the criteria under which their application will be reviewed.”