Darya Klishina

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 15 (IANS) The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the appeal of the Russian track and field athlete Darya Klishina against the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to ban her from participating in the Rio Olympics.

It was reported earlier that Klishina was banned from competing at the ongoing Games, reports Tass.

On June 17, the IAAF Council ruled it was still too early to restore ARAF’s (All-Russia Athletics Federation) membership in the international organisation subsequently extending the suspension of Russian athletes from all international tournaments, including the 2016 Olympic Games.

The IAAF announced in late June that it had amended the organisation’s regulations in order to allow field and track athletes from Russia to submit individual applications for international tournaments.

Last month, IAAF’s anti-doping department rejected personal applications from all Russian track and field athletes to participate in international competitions, including the Olympic Games in Rio, except for long jumper, Klishina.

Later in July, CAS turned down an appeal from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 national athletes filed against IAAF, thus closing the doors on Russian field and track athletes to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.

IOC President Thomas Bach announced in late July that Russian athletes, with the exception of track and field competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.

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