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PARIS, July 13. /TASS/. Russian athlete Darya Klishina cleared by global athletics body IAAF for competitions will perform under Russia’s flag at the Rio Olympics while the case of doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova is being studied, AFP news agency quoted International Olympic Committee Head Thomas Bach as saying Wednesday.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rejected on July 10 individual applications for participation in international events, including the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, from actually all Russian athletes, except for Klishina who had been training in the United States for several years.
On July 5, Stepanova sent a letter to the IOC with a request to recognize her right to perform at the Olympic Games after the IAAF cleared her for international competitions.
"These cases can’t be put into one basket. For Klishina, generally-accepted rules apply and the IAAF has allowed her to compete and now the Russian Olympic Committee will choose a team for the Games in compliance with the Olympic Charter. If she gets into it, she will become a full-fledged member of the Russian Olympic team," Bach said.
"As for Stepanova, we have received her letter, which says that she won’t perform for the Russian team. This means that the IOC will examine this case and it includes a lot of ethical issues. That is why, we have requested our ethics commission to resolve it. We’ll consider all opinions and take a decision," Bach said.
Stepanova was suspended for two years in early 2013 for the breach of anti-doping rules and the term of her suspension expired in late January 2015.
In December 2014, Stepanova and her husband Vitaly Stepanov, a former employee of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), became the main characters of a documentary aired by the German broadcaster ARD and entitled Geheimsache Doping (Secret Doping Case).
The documentary claimed that Russian athletes systematically took banned substances on instructions from their coaches. Their evidence served as the basis for slapping sanctions against the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF).
The IAAF Doping Review Board allowed Stepanova to perform at international events as a neutral athlete.