Russia’s teenage pole vault star Matvey Volkov intends to continue with his nationality switch to Belarus, regardless of whether the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) pays a fine by the August 15 deadline set by World Athletics.

The decision followed the news that Russian athletes may be unable to compete internationally after the suspended RusAF missed a July 1 deadline to pay a fine of $6.31 million (£5 million/€5.6 million).

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