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IAAF clears Stepanova

IAAF clears Stepanova

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<p>The athlete who helped expose doping in Russian athletics has been cleared by the <span class="caps">IAAF</span> to compete as a neutral athlete in Rio.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Stepanova eligible to compete internationally as an independent neutral athlete<a href="https://t.co/R8oMqifNCN">https://t.co/R8oMqifNCN</a></p>— <span class="caps">IAAF</span> (@iaaforg) <a href="https://twitter.com/iaaforg/status/748774285838159873">July 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Yulia Stepanova, an 800 meter runner becomes the first to pass the ‘exceptional eligiblity’ guidelines set by the <span class="caps">IAAF</span>’s doping review board.</p> <p>But the <span class="caps">IOC</span> will still have to decide if she can compete in Rio.</p> <p>Stepanova, whose revelations helped expose the massive doping problem in her country left Russia and went into hiding after disclosing the issue.</p> <p>She is also eligible to compete in the European Championships.</p> <p>European Athletics reiterated the <span class="caps">IAAF</span>’s views and said it recognised Stepanova’s “exceptional contribution to the protection and promotion of clean athletes” and cleared her to compete in Amsterdam next week.</p> <p>“If Stepanova takes her place in Amsterdam, she will compete under the European Athletics flag and is scheduled to compete in the first round of the women’s 800m on Wednesday 6 July,” European Athletics said in a statement.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">IAAF</span> said its doping review board had received more than 80 formal requests from Russian athletes seeking exceptional eligibility to compete in an individual capacity.</p> <p>Russia was banned from all international competition by the <span class="caps">IAAF</span> in November after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report painted a picture of state-sponsored doping in the country.</p>
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