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Neutral status of 9 Russians renewed

ReutersZURICH (Reuters) — Nine Russian athletes have had their status to compete as neutrals renewed, the governing body of athletics (IAAF) said in a statement on Thursday.

Eight of the athletes were race walkers who included Sergey Shirobokov, the silver medalist in the 20 kilometers at last year’s world championships in London. The other was Kseniya Aksyonova, a European championship silver medalist in 2010 in the 400 meters.

The IAAF banned Russia in 2015 following an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping.

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