FISU are waiting on entry requests from Russia to confirm neutral athletes ©FISU

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) are awaiting entries from Russian track and field athletes as they look to confirm them as independent athletes for the this year's Summer Universiade in Taipei.

The Russian Athletics Federation have been suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) since November 2015 following allegations of state-supported doping. 

Russian athletes missed last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and its 19 athletes currently competing at the IAAF World Championships in London are doing so under a neutral banner.

Sergey Seiranov, President of the Russian Students Sport Union, claimed Russia will not be competing in athletics at Taipei 2017.

He claimed that no agreement was reached over Russian athletes competing in at the event, due to take place from August 19 until 30.

"Our track and field athletes will not be competing at the Universiade in any available status as no agreement was reached," Seiranov told Russia's official state news agency TASS.

"We planned to send 11 track and field athletes, but we did not receive explanations from the FISU regarding the participation of neutral athletes in the tournament.

"It was unclear how they could enter the database.

"The deadline for submitting applications has expired, the on-line registration is closed and there is not a single Russian track and field athlete on the list of the Universiade participants."

Russia finished top of the medals table in athletics at the last Universiade in Gwangju in 2015.

They won a total of 29 medals, including 12 gold - three times more than nearest rival Japan. 

Yekaterina Koneva was one of 12 Russian gold medallists in athletics at the 2015 Universiade in Gwangju ©YouTube
Yekaterina Koneva was one of 12 Russian gold medallists in athletics at the 2015 Universiade in Gwangju ©YouTube

FISU have responded by claiming an agreement for Russian athletes to appear as independents was approved by the IAAF last month.

They claim they now awaiting an entry list from Russian officials, which would allow them to process and confirm they independent track and field competitors.

"FISU sent to the IAAF a list of Russian Federation athletes who could participate as independent athletes," a FISU statement said.

"The IAAF gave permission for these athletes to compete at the Taipei Summer Universiade 2017 in late July.

"These independent athletes are free to compete under the FISU flag and under the country name Independent FISU Participant (IFP).

"These athletes can compete in a neutral uniform and can march into the Opening Ceremonies in the IFP group, the FISU flag will be raised for any IFP athlete at any awarding ceremonies.

"There were 11 athletes that were granted permission to compete as independent athletes from the IAAF list.

"FISU is now waiting for the entry request from the athletes on this list.

"Once done, FISU can process their accreditation as independent athletes at the Taipei Summer Universiade 2017."

Russia are reportedly set to be represented by a delegation of 517 people, with 348 athletes set to compete in 20 sports.