Russia's Darya Klishina Wins Appeal, Can Compete at Olympics

The long jumper is the only one of 68 Russians cleared to participate in Rio by the IAAF

The lone Russian track and field athlete at the Olympics has won her appeal to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled early Monday that long jumper Darya Klishina is eligible to take part in Tuesday's qualifying because she has been based outside of Russia for the last three years and has been subjected to regular drug testing.

Klishina was the only one of 68 Russians cleared to participate in Rio by the IAAF, the sport's governing body. It tried to ban her from the Olympics last week, however, after receiving what it said was new information from World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren.

The IAAF has not disclosed what new information it has.

CAS, however, concluded that Klishina "complied with the relevant criteria because of her permanent residence outside Russia ... despite the additional information provided by Prof. McLaren.

"Relevantly, the athlete established that she was subject to fully compliant drug-testing in- and out-of-competition outside of Russia for the 'relevant period.'" 

The IAAF on Monday issued a short statement accepting the ruling.

"We instigated a review process following new evidence presented to us," it said. "The outcome we reached to revoke Darya Klishina's exceptional eligibility was not upheld by CAS despite the information received from McLaren and she is therefore eligible to compete in Rio."

Klishina attended Sunday's hearing in person at the court's temporary base at a beachfront hotel in Rio then trained near the Olympic Stadium on Sunday night while awaiting the court's decision.

The long jump final is scheduled for Wednesday.

Unlike in previous legal battles over Russian doping, the Russian Sports Ministry and the country's Olympic committee have taken a back seat in Klishina's case, with her American management company IMG in a leading role.

In comments to the R-Sport news agency before the decision was announced, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the accusations against Klishina were part of a "campaign directed against Russian sport, to discredit it. It's beyond the realm of common sense."

The rest of the Russian team remains banned from all international competition over allegations of a widespread, state-sponsored doping program. The sanction was upheld for the Olympics by CAS last month.

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