Russia has announced three world champions on its 10-strong track and field team for the Tokyo Olympics under rules limiting its squad size due to a long-running doping controversy.
Three-time high jump world champion Maria Lasitskan with pole vault world champion Anjelica Sidorova and 2015 world 110m hurdles champion Sergei Shubenkov. Five more squads have won World Championship medals.
All 10 have “authorized neutral athletes” status from World Athletics after their drug test records were checked.
The Russian Athletics Federation has been suspended from World Athletics since 2015, when an investigation revealed that doping was widespread. Plans to lift the suspension were delayed in 2019 when RUSAF officials prepared fake documents to give an athlete an excuse for missing a doping test. That case attracted the ire of World Athletics and led to sanctions for five senior officials, including a former president.
World Athletics limited the Russian Olympic team to 10 athletes last year. The use of quota limits to penalize countries for doping is rare, but not unique to track and field. More than a dozen major lifting nations will have limits on their teams at the Tokyo Olympics as that sport tries to clean up its own steroid-tainted past.
Russia is competing under “ROC” for the Russian Olympic Committee at the Tokyo Olympics in all sports because of the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision last year on doping laboratory data that was tampered with during storage in Moscow. The name, flag and anthem of Russia are banned.
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