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IAAF decision on Russian athletes due soon

dpadpa 29/06/2016

A decision over whether Russian athletes who applied for special permission to compete in Rio following IAAF's sweeping suspension is expected this week.

World athletics governing body the IAAF will soon decide on whether Russian athletes may be allowed to participate in the upcoming Olympics in exceptional cases.

The IAAF's doping commission wants to meet "at the end of the week" to discuss the proposals for the admission of "clean" Russian athletes to the Games, according to reports on Wednesday.

The IAAF has suspended the Russian athletics federation from the August Games in Rio after it was found to be involved in systematic doping.

However, Russian athletes who have been subject to independently controlled drug testing have been given the opportunity to compete at the Games under a neutral flag. The International Olympic Committee has even left the door open for them to compete under the Russian flag.

Up until now, 10 Russian athletes have applied to the IAAF for special permission to compete, Russian athletics federation general secretary Michail Butov told the news agency TASS.

Athletes have until July 4 to apply.

Yulia Stepanova is highly likely to be one of the applicants - it was her revelations that lifted the lid on the doping scandal in her homeland.

Indeed, the 800m runner wants to be eligible to run in time for the European Athletics Championships, which begin next week in Amsterdam.

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