IAAF NATIONALITY REVIEW PANEL CLEARS EIGHT ATHLETES
Eight athletes have been cleared to represent new countries by the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATHLETICS FEDERATIONS IAAF nationality review panel NRP under the new rule according to an IAAF press release.
According to The NRP it has received 14 complete applications so far some of which are still under review and, in accordance with the new regulations.
With the exception of former CUBAN PEDRO PABLO PICHARDO, who has to wait until 1 August 2019 to represent his new national team PORTUGAL, all the other approved athletes can now compete for their new countries.
The athletes includes RAI BENJAMIN (from ANTIGUA & BARBUDA to USA), MIKE EDWARDS (from GREAT BRITAIN to NIGERIA), PATRICK IKE ORIGA (from NIGERIA to SPAIN) and LEON REID (from GREAT BRITAIN to IRELAND).
Those who have been declared eligible for new countries are: HARON KIPTOO LAGAT (USA), MIRANDA TCHEUTCHOUA (IRELAND) and WELDU NEGASH GEBRETSADIK (NORWAY).
The new rules approved 2 months ago requires a minimum three-year waiting period before an athlete may transfer to represent another Member Federation, and the provision of evidence that those countries are offering full citizenship and associated rights. No athlete can also transfer before the age of 20 or transfer more than once.