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IAAF ordered to ban Russians from Games at any cost — Isinbaeva

July 17, 14:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW
IAAF earlier 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
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MOSCOW, July 17. /TASS/. The actions by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) against Russian athletes prompt the organization had got orders from somebody not to allow at any cost any Russians to the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbaeva wrote on Instagram on Sunday.

IAAF earlier 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.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne had 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.

"Athletes from other countries count days to opening of the Olympic Games, while we - to decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Where the global athletics is going to, and when will this all be over. Nobody replies," she wrote. "For the first time, over the 20-years’ career in sports, I have to confirm in the court the right to participate in the Games."

"I feel sorry for our young and promising athletes, who already have been deprived of the right to participate in the global completion this year," she wrote. "I have a feeling, IAAF got an order - not to allow at any cost. Alas."

TASS learned on Saturday that USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) head Travis Tygart is set to demand from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach that the Russian Olympic and Paralympic teams be suspended from taking part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. The decision should be taken not later than July 26, Tygart says in his draft letter, obtained by TASS.

On Monday, the WADA Independent Commission led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren is expected to release a report on doping manipulations at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. In the meantime, Tygart says in his draft letter that McLaren’s probe has confirmed the state has been patronizing the system of doping in Russia.

The Summer Olympic Games are due in Rio de Janeiro between August 5 and 21. Russia’s final application for the Games is due before July 22.

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