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Isinbayeva defends Russian case at Court of Arbitration for Sport meeting

July 19, 20:17 UTC+3 GENEVA
Russia's pole vault queen says she is optimistic about her speech
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Yelena Isinbayeva, two-times Olympic pole vault champion

Yelena Isinbayeva, two-times Olympic pole vault champion

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GENEVA, July 19 /TASS/. Yelena Isinbayeva, two-times Olympic pole vault champion, said on Tuesday that the Court of Arbitration for Sport had given her enough time to express her stance on Russian doping and the ban on Russian track-and-field athletes to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday considered a lawsuit of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 track-and-field athletes to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which had set a number of criteria preventing Russian athletes from performing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"I made my speech. My time was unlimited. They listened to me very attentively. Let us wait and see. I am an optimist. I always hope for the better and I advise everybody to do that," Isinbayeva told journalists after the court’s meeting.

On June 17, the IAAF inspection commission said that the All-Russian Athletics Federation had failed to meet some criteria necessary for restoring its IAAF membership and that Russian athletes were banned from international competitions. On June 21, the Olympic summit ruled that Russian track-and-field athletes who would prove to be clean from doping abuse would be able to perform at the 2016 Olympic Games under the Russian flag.

On July 3, the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian track and field athletes filed a lawsuit to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. Several foreign experts headed by Mike Morgan represented the Russian athletes’ interests. The Russian side insists on cancellation of some IAAF-formulated criteria for checking Russian track-and-field athletes, including a requirement to reside abroad.

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