News from Russia: Russia says 'provocation' against Klishina may not be the last - Reuters

15:47 Aug. 14, 2016

Russia says 'provocation' against Klishina may not be the last - Reuters

Russia's Darya Klishina makes an attempt in the women's long jump final during the Athletics Indoor World Championships in Sopot, Poland, March 9, 2014 (AP Photo)

Klishina was among 136 Russian athletes to appeal the ban and was the only one given the green light to compete in Rio

Aug 14 Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Sunday, August 14, the suspension of long jumper Darya Klishina at the Rio Games may not be the "last provocation" against Russian sportsmen, TASS news agency reported.

The announcement about Klishina, the 25-year-old with an exemption to compete while the rest of Russia's track and field team was banned from the Games by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), came three days before she was due to compete.

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The IAAF did not explain its decision. A source familiar with the issue said the ban related to new evidence uncovered by an anti-doping probe into allegations Russia ran a systematic state-backed cheating program.

"I can say that this may not be the last provocation. I have no words - they allowed her (to the Games) themselves ... These are some provocation moments which are being done on purpose. Its goal now is Russian sport," Mutko told TASS. Full story 

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