Russian athlete Klishina remains eligible for Olympics in Rio - CAS
MOSCOW, August 15 (RAPSI) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the application filed by Russian athlete Darya Klishina (long jump) seeking to overturn the decision rendered by the IAAF Doping Review Board (IAAF DRB), which on August 12 made her ineligible to compete in Rio, the CAS press-release reads on Monday.
The International Association of Athletics Federations has revoked its own previous decision declaring Klishina to be the only Russian athlete eligible to compete in international competitions, including the athletics competition at the Olympic Games 2016, basing on some “new factual elements concerning the athlete” presented by Prof. Richard McLaren in addition to his report delivered on 18 July 2016, and noting that some of Klishina samples had been tampered with during the “relevant” period starting on January 1, 2014.
The CAS Panel in charge of this case having heard the parties informed them at 1.00 a.m. today that the application was upheld and Klishina remained eligible to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio. The court relied on the IAAF own Competition Rules to determine that the Russian athlete complied with the relevant criteria because of her permanent residence outside Russia, notwithstanding the “additional information” provided by McLaren. Moreover, the international court of arbitration noted that Klishina could establish that she had been subject to fully compliant drug tests outside Russia for the relevant period.