Only 1 Russian track and field athlete allowed to Rio

Russian Olympic chief confirms the IAAF rule

Only one Russian track and field athlete - long jumper Darya Klishina - will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympics, President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov said on July 24. 

On July 24, the International Olympic Committee held a meeting of its executive board to discuss possible blanket ban of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics. The IOC executive committee decided not to ban the Russian team.

Individual decision on Russian athletes will be taken by relevant international federations. Apart from that, the IOC ruled than no Russian athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping will be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if he or she has served the sanction. 

However, the IOC has not lifted sanctions imposed on Russian track and field athletes, except long jumper Darya Klishina, by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). 

"As for our track and field athletes, regrettably, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled to ban them from the Olympic Games. Except Darya Klishina, who has been licensed by the international federation," he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel.

"We think it is an absolutely unfair situation. Even the CAS noted in its press statement that the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) has taken a number of criteria that are impossible to comply with. However it recognized the IAAF right to set such criteria that, regrettably, ban our athletes from the Olympic Games." 

The 31st summer Olympic Games will be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro from August 5 through 21, 2016.


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