Injury rules David Rudisha out of London

Trevor Jackson
August 2, 2017

With their federation still suspended, dozens of Russians have been cleared to compete internationally after demonstrating to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that their training environment meets the required anti-doping standards.

"It is obviously disappointing and I am saddened", Rudisha said.

The Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA), which Andersen said used to carry out 19,000 tests a year - a figure now down to a couple of thousand - is also "still not code compliant (with WADA)... it needs to be reinstated".

RUSAF has been banned since November 2015 after an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) inquiry exposed state-sponsored doping on a massive scale.

Kenya's David Rudisha's hopes of adding world 800 metres gold to the Olympic title he won in a world record time at the same track in the 2012 London Olympics have been dashed because of injury.

Chris Baker will not be representing GB in the World Athletics Championships.

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Many of the Russians set to compete in London say that the absence of their flag is but a minor annoyance that neither dims their love for their country nor affects their focus.

"Although there is progress, there is still more work to be done", Coe said.

The regulations for the neutral athletes, which were modified on July 5, were published on the IAAF website.

The 19 athletes given exemptions include three former world champions, but they won't be allowed to wear national colors and the Russian anthem won't be played if they win gold.

The Russian athletics federation "has not yet demonstrated to the satisfaction of the taskforce that it has established a strong anti-doping culture within its sport, or that it has created an open environment that encourages whistleblowing", Andersen said in his latest report to the IAAF Council on Monday.

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