IAAF clear one Russian athlete to compete at Rio Olympics

The US-based Russian long jumper has been cleared to compete at the Olympic Games

BY Robbie Dunne 11:03 Sunday 10 July 2016, 11:03 10 Jul 2016

The IAAF has approved US-based Russian long jumper Darya Klishina to compete for her country at the Olympics in Rio.

"Rejections have come for everyone, except for Klishina," said Alexandra Brilliantova, the head of the Olympic Committee's legal department according to reports.

The entire Russian track and field team were suspended over an entire culture of state-sponsored doping. 136 athletes from Russia applied to compete as neutrals at the games with only 25-year-old Klishina being successful in her application. 

There was a chance that Russia would boycott the Olympics in Brazil but once they clarified that would not happened, they then threatened to sue the Olympic Committee for upholding their ban when they said they had "respect, approval and support" for the ban on Russian athletes competing at the games.

68 Russian athletes are still awaiting news on their application to compete at Rio as they maintain their innocence and distanced themselves from the doping that was allegedly going on in the country.

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.


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