Injured Rudisha pulls out of London Worlds

Ennis celebrates after the Women's Heptathlon 200m at the Olympic Stadium London

Ennis celebrates after the Women's Heptathlon 200m at the Olympic Stadium London

Shubenkov and 18 compatriots will compete as neutral athletes at the World Championships, the biggest worldwide meeting to include Russians since their country's athletics federation was suspended almost two years ago over an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that exposed the country's widespread state-sponsored doping.

The championships, taking place from August 4-13, will also kick off with a bumper opening weekend with a quarter of a million spectators set to flock to the London Stadium over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions. "We are working with the Russians on the changing culture".

The IAAF suspended the Russian national athletics federation (RusAF) in the wake of a doping scandal in November 2015, following a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report on an alleged state-sponsored doping program.

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World 800 metres record holder David Rudisha has pulled out of the world athletics championships due to a quad muscle strain, the Kenyan said on Twitter yesterday.

Those 19 will officially be designated as Authorised Neutral Athletes and the IAAF's anthem will be played if they win any gold medals.

Coe added that he believed the IAAF's decision to exclude the Russian team from the Rio Olympics but allow properly vetted Russians to compete as neutrals was "the right process and remains the right process".

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"The main issue is that no meaningful testing is being conducted".

The Russian federation's decision to hold the national championships after the entry deadline for the worlds ultimately deprived three athletes, including Aksyonova, of the chance to compete in London.

"The report has been unanimously approved by the Council", confirmed Rune Andersen, independent chairman of the IAAF Taskforce looking into doping in Russian Federation.

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