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Russians get reprieve

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GENEVA (Reuters) – Eighteen Russians had their status as Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA) renewed by the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) doping review board yesterday.

The IAAF received more than 80 applications from Russians wanting to continue to compete as neutral athletes with priority given to those seeking to take part in the World Indoor Championships in March.

Mariya Lasitskene, who won gold at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships, was among those cleared.

All 18 athletes were afforded ANA status in 2017. Russia was banned by the IAAF in 2015 following an independent World Anti-Doping Agency investigations, still denied by Moscow, of state-sponsored doping.

They can be cleared to compete by demonstrating that their training environment meets the required anti-doping standards.

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