The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Doping Review Board has turned down applications from 67 Russian athletes to compete internationally as “NEUTRAL INDIVIDUALS” following a ban on the country’s track and field athletes for systematic doping.
Russian were suspended last year by the International Association of Athletics Federation after a World Anti-Doping Agency report uncovered systematic state – sponsored doping in the country.
The All Russian Athletes Federation said that they were told by the sports world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federation that only one application from Long Jumper Darya Klishina has been approved.
“Those 67 athletes who have been approved by All Russian Athletes Federation board (ARAF) to have fullfilled all federations criteria to compete in the Rio Olympics this year have been disapproved by the IAAF”, said Araf members.
The Russian blanket ban was extended last month which ruled out all Russian athletes to compete in the next month Olympics in Brazil.
However All Russian Athletics Federation board has appealed the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“We are not satisfied with the ruling taken by the IAAF to extend the ban and even the decision which has been taken by the IAAF’s Doping Reviews Board”, they said.