IAAF set to allow Russians in the European Championship
#Cosmoread: Russian field and track athletes, who submitted individual applications with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), in theory, has a chance of being allowed to enter the competitions of the European Championship starting in Amsterdam, July 6, the IAAF said in a statement, Wednesday.
Following its meeting in Vienna on June 17, the IAAF decided to maintain in force the suspension of Russia’s membership of the National Athletics Federation (ARAF) in the body of world athletics. The suspension means that the field and track athletes Russian were not eligible to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, except those which proved to be clean.
The IAAF announced last week that changed the rules of the organization in order to allow the field and track athletes of Russia to submit individual applications for international tournaments, July 4 was set as the deadline for submission individual applications with the Olympic Games scheduled for summer 2016 will be held in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro from August 5 to 21.
Although the date of July 4 was set as the deadline for submitting individual applications for Russian athletes, the Review Board Doping IAAF will hold a teleconference meeting at the end of the week to discuss eligibility field athletes and tracking applied.
“It’s a meeting by teleconference,” the IAAF statement said. “They (the board members) do not want any delays due to the European Championships begin next week. Of course, if necessary will have another meeting by teleconference which comes right after the deadline week before the championships Europe “, the statement added.
If the Russians are allowed to participate in the event Amsterdam, which, with any possibility of giving athletes a place in Rio. “The IAAF does not want to stop the clean athletes and want to give them a fair chance,” another part of the statement said. “But then the final decision will be taken by the board and that will only happen after Amsterdam are ends on July 10,” he added.