Press Release18 Dec 2018

IAAF Doping Review Board approves Guidance Note for 2019 neutral athlete status


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The IAAF Doping Review Board has approved an updated version of the Guidance Note for Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) status applications under IAAF Competition Rule 22.1A.

Athletes who were granted ANA status in 2018 are able to re-apply for eligibility in 2019 by completing a simplified application form.

Every athlete whether for the first time or whether approved to compete last year (2018), must follow the Guidance Note and apply or re-apply for ANA status in 2019.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: “As Taskforce chairperson Rune Andersen reported to Council on 4 December, RusAF continue to work hard at reforming Russian track and field, but two of the verification criteria have not yet been met. So that we can continue to safeguard the interests of clean athletes worldwide, we have today issued updated guidelines for Russian athletes seeking authorised neutral status to compete internationally next year.”

Following the publication of the guidelines and application form last December, the IAAF received more than 200 applications from Russian athletes.

A total of 73 Russian athletes were declared eligible to compete as authorised neutral athletes in 2018. 68 applications were denied and 6 athletes had their ANA status revoked. A number of further applications have been withdrawn or were submitted out of time.


Application form for 2018 authorised neutral athlete seeking eligibility to compete in international competitions in 2019 pursuant to IAAF Competition Rule 22.1A(b)

Guidance Note for applications under Competition Rule 22.1A (updated Dec 2018)