Rio 2016: Russia’s Darya Klishina cleared to compete as ‘neutral’

Июль 11, 2016     Автор: Юлия Клюева
Rio 2016: Russia’s Darya Klishina cleared to compete as ‘neutral’


Russian long jumper Darya Klishina has been cleared to compete as a "neutral" athlete at the Rio Olympics.

In total, 136 Russians applied to an IAAF doping review board for "exceptional eligibility", as the country's athletics federation is banned from international competition.

But the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has told the state-run TASS news agency only US-based Klishina was successful.

The ROC has appealed against the ban and named a 68-strong team for Rio.

A final decision on their eligibility is expected from the Court of Arbitration for Sport by 21 July.

Should it fail, athletes such as double Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva and world champion 110m hurdler Sergey Shubenkov would miss the Games.

Klishina must still have her participation approved by Olympics organisers.

The 25-year-old is a two-time European indoor champion and 2014 outdoor bronze medallist. She finished 10th at last year's World Championships.

On her Facebook page, Klishina wrote: "I am really happy. I appreciate every effort of IMG Academy and its staff to create the best possible, safe and clean environment for me."

Russian 800m runner and doping whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova was cleared to compete last month.

Any athletes applying to compete as a "neutral" had to meet stringent criteria, including having their clean doping record independently verified.