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PARIS, July 10. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has allowed Russian long jumper Darya Klishina to compete at international tournaments as an independent athlete, the organization’s press service has reported.
"The IAAF Doping Review Board has today agreed that Russian long jump athlete Darya Klishina meets the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in International Competitions as a neutral athlete," the press release says.
"The Doping Review Board has unanimously accepted the application of Darya Klishina who, subject to completing the formalities, is now eligible to compete in International Competitions as an independent neutral athlete. Darya Klishina’s participation as a neutral athlete in International Competition is still subject to acceptance by the organiser of the competition in question. As soon as the formalities for Ms Klishina’s eligibility under IAAF Rules are confirmed, the IAAF will be writing to notify international events organisers of her eligibility," the IAAF press release says.
According to the IAAF, "the Doping Review Board received a total of 136 applications from Russian athletes seeking exceptional eligibility to compete in an individual capacity" on the basis that "they are not tainted by RUSAF's failure to put in place adequate anti-doping systems because they have been subject to other, fully adequate systems outside of the country for a sufficiently long period." "Most of these applications have now been reviewed by the Doping Review Board," the IAAF said.
In late June, Klishina, the bronze medalist of the European long jump championships, submitted an application to the IAAF regarding her participation in the Rio Olympic Games. According to the IAAF Council decision of June 17, only those Russian athletes who will be able to prove that they are not involved in the Russian doping scandals will be allowed to compete in international competitions, including in the Rio Olympics. To this end, athletes were to send their applications to the IAAF until July 4. They will be considered by the organization individually. On July 5, the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) made public a list of 68 athletes eligible to compete in the Olympics, including Klishina.
In early July, Olympic long jump champion and member of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Tatyana Lebedeva told TASS that about 165 Russian athletes of all ages, including juniors and young men, will submit individual applications to the IAAF to take part in international competitions.