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Official: Pole vaulter Isinbayeva’s appeal unlikely to help her perform at Rio Olympics

August 08, 11:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Spokesman for the Swiss Federal Court in Lausanne Peter Josi earlier confirmed to TASS that the court had received an appeal from Russian track and field athletes Isinbayeva and Shubenkov
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Yelena Isinbayeva

Yelena Isinbayeva

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MOSCOW, August 8. /TASS/. An appeal by Russian athletes Yelena Isinbayeva and Sergei Shubenkov against a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is unlikely to help them perform at the Rio Olympics, Head of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) Dmitry Shlyakhtin told TASS on Monday.

Spokesman for the Swiss Federal Court in Lausanne Peter Josi earlier confirmed to TASS that the court had received an appeal from Russian track and field athletes Isinbayeva and Shubenkov.

"The time limits of submitting and the time of examining an appeal are quite lengthy and I don’t think they will be on time to perform at the Olympics. But this is my opinion," Shlyakhtin said.

Lawyer Mikhail Prokopets earlier told TASS that the Russian athletes’ appeal was unlikely to be examined before the start of the athletics season.

"It is hard for me to comment because I did not see the text of the decision on athletics. I think no one saw it," Prokopets said. "Appeals should be filed with the federal court if there are any procedural violations: for instance, someone was not summoned or heard. If something like this occurred, there is a chance (for a positive decision). As far as I understand, this is a rather lengthy procedure, and I am not sure whether they will manage to complete it in time. This looks more like a way of boosting individual morale," he added.

Court spokesman Peter Josi earlier informed TASS that Isinbayeva and Shubenkov had appealed the ban verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) disqualifying them from competing in the Rio Olympics.

Other Russian track and field athletes will follow the example of Isinbayeva and Shubenkov and appeal their ban to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in the Swiss Federal Court in Lausanne, ARAF head Dmitry Shlyakhtin also said.

"I think other people will also appeal in the Swiss court," Shlyakhtin said.

Russian track and field athletes were barred from competing at the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) suspended the ARAF’s membership amid doping allegations.

Long jumper Darya Klishina who is living and training in the United States is the sole Russian track and field athlete admitted to the Rio Olympics.

The CAS unanimously turned down an appeal filed by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 Russian track and field athletes against the IAAF’s decision to bar them from the Olympics. It was also reported that the CAS’ decision could be challenged at the Swiss Federal Court within 30 days.

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