Authorised Neutral Athletes

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The flag/logo of ANA for IAAF events.
The flag of ANA for EAA/EA events.

Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) is the category under which Russian athletes can compete at international competitions after the doping scandal which first came to light in December 2014.[1][2]

While all other athletes wear clothing bearing a national flag, Authorised Neutral Athlete Mariya Lasitskene from Russia (left of center, turquoise) is the only athlete to wear generic Nike clothing


In April 2017 at IAAF World Championships in Athletics of London 2017, the International Association of Athletics Federations approved the participation of a group of 19 Russian athletes.[3] A total of eight athletes competed as neutrals at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships.[4] A total of nine athletes competed as neutrals at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships.[5] A total of 30 athletes competes as neutrals at the 2018 European Athletics Championships.[6]

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  1. ^ "Authorised Neutral Athlete - Countries - IAAF World Championships London 2017". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  2. ^ "A Londra c'è un mondo di atletica!" (in Italian). Retrieved 31 July 2017. ...e l’ANA (Authorised Neutral Athlete) di Maryia Kuchina maritata Lasitskene e di Sergey Shubenkov, la caucasica e il siberiano che, senza bandiera, riportano in scena una Russia ancora in via di espiazione.
  3. ^ "IAAF approves the application of seven Russians to compete internationally as neutral athletes". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. ^ Authorised Neutral Athlete 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships. IAAF. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  5. ^ Authorised Neutral Athlete 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships. IAAF. Retrieved 2018-07-10
  6. ^ Final Entries List – European Athletics Championships 2018

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