Russian masters can’t use loophole to compete at Daegu worlds

Last week, the IAAF doubled down on its ban on Russian athletes from international meets (including WMA). But several news outlets noted a loophole being carved out for masters. “Athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 and Masters-level athletes who want to compete ‘neutrally’ [are] allowed to apply to the IAAF’s doping review board for individual consideration,” said How do you apply for neutral status? Contact info and other details are noted in this PDF. The info sheet says: “Any athlete seeking exceptional eligibility for International Competition under Competition Rule 22.1A should apply in writing without delay by email to the following email address: Any delay in making the application is at the athlete’s own risk. … Save in exceptional circumstances, the IAAF will not process applications if they are submitted less than 2 weeks before the entry deadline for the International Competition for which eligibility is sought.” Sadly, the Daegu deadline has passed. (And no “neutral” athletes are listed.) But 2018 Malaga worlds remain a possibility for the Russians. удачи!

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February 14, 2017

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