MOSCOW, July 10. /TASS/. A decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) on the claim filed by the Russian Olympic Committee on Russian athletes will be most important, and all athletes look forward to it, two-time Olympic gold medalist pole vaulter Elena Isinbaeva told TASS on Sunday.
Earlier on Sunday, IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) rejected applications from all Russian athletes for participation in international competitions, including the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, except for long jump athlete Darya Klishina, who is trained outside Russia.
"I would like to address all fans of field and track, those who worries from heart whether Russian athletes would be allowed to the Olympic Games, please do not pay attention to the statements coming now from IAAF claiming our athletes are not admitted to the Olympic Games," she said. "IAAF's statement of today is nothing, a big nothing, which stinks. We all together are waiting for the court decision, which is due on July 21. And this decision of CAS will be most important for us."
"If CAS says the Russian athletes have the right to compete at the Games, as well as at all international competitions, the bans will be removed automatically," she said. "If CAS decides the suspension remains, then we shall not have chances to participate in the Olympic Games."
Following its session in Vienna on June 17, IAAF decided to keep in force the earlier imposed suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation’s (ARAF) membership in the global athletics body.
The suspension implied that Russian field and track athletes were ineligible to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil except those, who proved to be doping-clean.
The IAAF announced late last month that it amended the organization’s regulations in order to allow field and track athletes from Russia to submit individual applications for international tournaments.
The world’s governing body of athletics, however, emphasized that Russians, admitted to competitions on an individual basis, would be unable to perform as part of the national team and would participate only under the neutral flag.
July 4 was set as the deadline for the submission of individual applications, while the 2016 Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro between August 5 and 21.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne announced on Monday that it received a filed lawsuit from the Russian Olympic Committee against IAAF in defense of 68 national field and track athletes wishing to participate in the 2016 Summer Games. The hearings are due July 19, the verdict will be announced no later than July 21.