IAAF doping review body rejects 28 Russian athletes

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Twenty-eight Russian athletes have had their requests to compete as neutrals rejected by world athletics’ governing body, which has approved three others.
The IAAF doping review board accepted the appeals of 400m runner Kseniya Aksyonova, javelin thrower Vera Rebrik and 400m hurdler Vera Rudakova.
A further 27 cases are under review as
Russia’s athletics federation remains banned from international competition.
Meanwhile, Yelena Isinbayeva has quit her key Russian anti-doping role.
The double Olympic pole vault champion, 34, has been critical of the punishment of Russian athletes over evidence of state-sponsored doping in the country.
Isinbayeva led the supervisory council at Russia’s anti-doping agency (Rusada) but was viewed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) as a barrier to the country’s compliance with their code.
Russia has until November to meet those criteria and Isinbayeva says they are on course to do so.
“I’m happy that I’ve achieved my goal. I know that now I need to make way for a new chairman who will complete Rusada’s full reinstatement,” she was reported as saying by Interfax news agency.
Wada president Sir Craig Reedie described Isinbayeva’s move as “a major step forward”.
“Our compliance review committee has a clear view of what the proper structure of a top class anti-doping organisation should be,” he told BBC Sport.
“First, the controlling board should have a majority of independent members – Russia has delivered that – and secondly, its chair should be one of the independent members.
“That is what they have delivered today. If she stays on the board, then that is their call to make. We are heading in the right direction.” (BBC Sport)

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