Belarus would consider offers from Russian athletes who wish to switch allegiance and compete for the ex-Soviet republic instead, the head of the Belarusian athletics federation said on Wednesday.

Russian athletes are currently barred from competing under their country’s flag at major international events, including the Olympics, for four years after the World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA) found that Moscow had provided it with doctored laboratory data.

Russia says World Athletics freeze is a blow to athletes

The opportunity for Russians to compete as neutrals is also on hold after Russias suspended athletics federation missed a deadline to pay millions of dollars of a fine to the sport’s global governing body World Athletics.

“Its too early to talk about any decisions and steps but we are closely following the development of events and, if we receive offers from Russian…

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