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Russian sports minister: athlete Klishina does not deserve betrayal accusations

July 11, 16:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
As was reported earlier, the IAAF rejected the applications all of Russian athletes for admission to international competitions, except for Klishina who was training in the United States
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Darya Klishina

Darya Klishina

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MOSCOW, July 11. /TASS/. Long jumper Darya Klishina, the sole Russian athlete admitted by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to the Olympic Games, has honestly deserved this right and can’t be accused of betrayal, Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Monday.

As was reported on Sunday, the IAAF rejected the applications all of Russian athletes for admission to international competitions, including the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, except for Klishina who was training in the United States.

The Russian female athlete said she was grateful to the IAAF for this decision and also expressed her support for Russian athletes on her Facebook page. Later, some Facebook users left comments below Klishina’s message, accusing her of betrayal.

"I would like to express support for Darya. We won’t obstruct her performance, even under the flag of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). She is accused almost of betrayal. I want to wish her luck. I know she is feeling upset about the team," Mutko said.

The IAAF Council ruled on June 17 that only those Russian athletes would be admitted to international competitions, including the Rio Olympics, who would prove they were uninvolved in doping scandals.

Russia’s Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes filed a lawsuit with the Court of Arbitration for Lausanne to challenge the IAAF’s decision to bar them from participation in the Olympic Games.

The CAS will hear the case on July 19 and announce its verdict no later than July 21.

The Olympic Games in Brazil will be held on August 5-21.

Russian sport has been in the center of doping-related scandals since last year. Starting this year doping control in Russian sports has been exercised by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).

WADA’s Independent Commission published on November 9 last year results of its probe into the activity of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Sports Ministry.

The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances.

RUSADA and the Moscow anti-doping laboratory subsequently suspended their activities, while WADA’s Board of Founders approved the finding of the agency’s Independent Commission that RUSADA did not comply with the Code of the international anti-doping organization.

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