The IAAF Doping Review Board has agreed that the Russian athlete Klavdiia Afanaseva (Race Walk) has met the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in international competition (with respect to her application to compete at the European Athletics U23 Championships) as a neutral athlete under Competition Rule 22.1A(b) while the Russian national federation (RusAF) remains suspended.
The Doping Review Board is composed of Robert Hersh (chair), Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski.
Afanaseva’s participation as a neutral athlete at the European Athletics U23 Championships, Bydgoszcz, Poland (13-16 July) is still subject to the formalities for eligibility under IAAF Rules being completed and to acceptance by European Athletics, the organiser of the competition in question, in accordance with the rules of that competition.
A total of 24 Russian athletes (22 in 2017 and two in 2016) have previously been declared eligible under Rule 22.1A to compete as neutral athletes and they remain eligible to compete in international competition subject to acceptance by individual meeting organisers:
(Date of announcement and athlete/event)
29 June 2017: Nine athletes eligible only at IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017: Aksana Gataullina (pole vault), Ekaterina Gorshenina (race walk), Salavat Ilkaev (race walk), Elvira Khasanova (race walk), Sergey Kozhevnikov (race walk), Polina Miller (sprints), Varvara Nasibulina (sprints), Danila Tundykov (middle distance), Valentina Ulyanova (high jump);
31 May 2017: Kseniya Aksyonova (400m), Vera Rebrik (javelin), Vera Rudakova (400m hurdles);
11 April 2017: Maria Kuchina (high jump), Illia Mudrov (pole vault), Olga Mullina (pole vault), Sergey Shirobokov (race walks), Sergey Shubenkov (sprint hurdles), Yana Smerdova (race walks), Daniil Tsyplakov (high jump);
23 February 2017: Anzhelika Sidorova (pole vault), Kristina Sivkova (sprints), Aleksei Sokirskii (hammer);
9 July 2016: Darya Klishina (long jump);
1 July 2016: Yuliya Stepanova (800m/1500m).