— Published 28 June 2021

The Russian list is getting longer

Sergey Shubenkov

The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) is still suspended by World Athletics, but more and more of its athletes are being allowed to participate in international competitions under the neutral flag. The world governing body of the discipline announced at the end of last week that it had granted neutral status to a new contingent of 61 Russian competitors. Among them was Sergei Shubenkov (pictured above), the 2015 men’s 110m hurdles world champion, who was recently cleared of doping suspicion after testing positive. In total, 123 Russian athletes were declared eligible to compete under neutral status for the 2021 summer season. Only five applications were rejected. World Athletics said in a statement: there is no cap on the number of Russian athletes who can compete internationally in 2021, but no more than 10 can compete in the Tokyo Games, the World Athletics Series stages and the European U23 Championships. The selection will be made by RusAF, but it must give priority to athletes in the international Registered Testing Pool.