IAAF Allows Informant Stepanova to Compete Under Olympic Flag

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The International Association of Athletics Federations said Friday it would allow Russian runner and WADA informant Yulia Stepanova to compete in international competitions. The Association said it received more than 80 requests from Russian athletes seeking to compete individually.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — IAAF's Doping Review Board unanimously accepted Stepanova's request to compete as an independent neutral athlete, concluding that the runner had made a "truly exceptional contribution to the protection and promotion of clean athletes, fair play and the integrity and authenticity of the sport."

The Association said it had received a total of more than 80 requests from Russian athletes seeking to compete internationally "in an individual capacity."

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