Former world champ Maria cleared to compete as neutral

Sports Reporter
Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Former world champions--high jumper Maria Lasitskene and hurdler  Sergey Shubenkov--have been cleared to compete as neutrals in international competitions in 2019, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced on Monday.

Pune: Former world champions--high jumper Maria Lasitskene and hurdler  Sergey Shubenkov--have been cleared to compete as neutrals in international competitions in 2019, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced on Monday.

The two were among 42 Russian athletes, who were also afforded neutral status last year, cleared by the governing body after they athletes had met the IAAF doping review board’s “exceptional eligibility criteria” of training in an environment that passed the necessary anti-doping requirements.

Lasitskene has won the women’s high jump at the last two world championships, while Shubenkov won the men’s 110 metres hurdles at the 2015 event in Beijing. This year’s world championships take place in Doha, Qatar from September 27 to October 6.

“The Doping Review Board is prioritising, wherever possible, applications from athletes wishing to compete in the current indoor season,” the IAAF added in a statement.

The Doping Review Board, comprising Robert Hersh (chair), Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski, accepted the applications and gave green signal for their participation.

Russia’s athletics federation (RUSAF) has been suspended since 2015 over a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that found evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in the sport.
“The participation of all these athletes as neutral athletes in international competition is still subject to formalities for eligibility under IAAF rules being completed and subject to acceptance of their entries by individual meeting organisers,” the IAAF stated.

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