Six Russians have now been approved by the World Athletics to compete as neutral athletes in the 2019 European Cross Country scheduled to hold on December 8.
According to a statement issued by the body World Athletics body the six athletes are:
- Ekaterina Domnina (U20 event only)
- Ksenia Kuznetsova (U20 event only)
- Lilya Mendaeva
- Ildar Nadyrov
- Artem Popov (U20 event only)
- Irina Shipitsyna (U20 event only)
The statement further added that ” The participation of all these athletes as neutral athletes in international competition is still subject to formalities for eligibility under World Athletics Rules being completed and subject to acceptance of their entries by European Athletics as the meeting organiser”.
The application process for athletes seeking neutral status in international competitions in 2019 opened in December 2018. A total of 135 Russian athletes have so far been declared eligible to compete as authorised neutral athletes in 2019. 58 applications have so far been rejected and one neutral athlete status has been revoked.