MOSCOW: The IAAF on Sunday cleared only long jumper Darya Klishina to compete at the Rio Olympics, meaning the last remaining hope for pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva and other Russian athletes now rests on an impending court decision.
Athletics’ governing body, which has suspended the Russian track and field team over state-sponsored doping that has cast a shadow over next month’s Games, said it had given the go ahead for Klishina to compete in international competition as a neutral.
“The IAAF Doping Review Board has today agreed that Russian long jump athlete Darya Klishina meets the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in international competition as a neutral athlete,” the IAAF said in a statement.
“The Doping Review Board received a total of 136 applications from Russian athletes seeking exceptional eligibility to compete in an individual capacity,” the statement said.
The Russian Olympic Committee said only the US-based Klishina had been accepted.
Klishina’s participation at Rio is still subject to acceptance by the International Olympic Committee.
“Rejections have come for everyone, except for Klishina,” Alexandra Brilliantova, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee’s legal department, told state-run TASS news agency.