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IAAF to rule on dozens of Russian 'neutral athlete' cases next week

The IAAF will rule next week on whether dozens of Russians can compete as "neutral athletes." The IAAF says it has received "around 120 applications" from Russian athletes who want to compete internationally despite a ban imposed in 2015 on the Russian team for widespread doping use.

Organization has allowed 12 applications, denied 17 thus far

A total of 15 Russians have now been cleared to compete internationally as neutrals, while the IAAF has rejected 45 others. (Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

The IAAF will rule next week on whether dozens of Russians can compete as "neutral athletes."

The IAAF says it has received "around 120 applications" from Russian athletes who want to compete internationally despite a ban imposed in 2015 on the Russian team for widespread doping use.

IAAF officials have so far allowed 12 Russians to compete as neutrals and refused 17 more.

The governing body's doping review board is "meeting next week to consider approximately 50 per cent of the remaining applications."

The review process includes re-testing, using new techniques, samples that athletes gave at earlier competitions, as well as checking allegations by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren that athletes may have benefited from doping coverups at Moscow's drug-testing laboratory.

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