news from Olympics: Court overturns Olympic ban on Russian athlete - RFE/RL

08:55 Aug. 15, 2016

Court overturns Olympic ban on Russian athlete - RFE/RL

Klishina is the only athlete to meet the standards when the IAAF, banned the Russian team from the 2016 Summer Olympics after revealing a culture of state-sponsored doping among Russian athletes. (AP Photo)

Long jumper Darya Klishina remains among those competing for the Olympic awards

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld an appeal by Russian long jumper Darya Klishina against her ban from the Olympic Games in Brazil. After a day of hearings, CAS announced early on August 15th that Klishina's appeal had succeeded and she "remained eligible to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio."

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on August 13th had suspended Klishina, the nation's only track and field athlete to have so far avoided a blanket ban for doping. The decision came just three days before Klishina was due to compete.

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Klishina said she has proven she's a clean athlete many times and felt betrayed by the IAAF decision. The IAAF didn't say why Klishina was banned but Klishina acknowledged that it was related to Russia's widespread doping scandal

Earlier, Russian long jumper Darya Klishina was banned from further participation in the Olympics in view of "new information" the IAAF had received. Previously IAAF upheld the overall ban on Russian athletes, imposed over widespread doping. On July 24th, the International Olympic Committee decided to cancel blanket ban previously imposed on the whole Russian team in view of doping abuse

Klishina is the only Russian athlete cleared by the IAAF to participate in the Olympic Summer Games in Rio-de-Janeiro among the whole team as the athlete has been living and training in the United States since 2013.

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