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Isinbayeva will travel to Rio Olympics as candidate to the IOC Athletes’ Commission

August 09, 3:05 UTC+3
Russian athletes were banned from the Rio Olympics 2016 because of the disqualification of the All-Russian Athletics Federation
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MOSCOW, August 8 /TASS/. Russia’s two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva wrote in Instagram on Monday that she would travel to the Olympic Games in Rio as a candidate to the IOC Athletes’ Commission on August 14.

Earlier on Monday, the Swiss Federal Court dismissed the appeals of Isinbayeva and Sergei Shubenkov, the 2015 world champion in 110m hurdle race, against the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

"Today I received another refusal - from the Swiss Federal Court this time," Isinbayeva wrote. I submitted a lawsuit to challenge the CAS decision and ask for a possibility to introduce temporary measures that would allow me to compete in the Olympics. Regretfully, my appeal was dismissed once again. My last hope to compete in the Olympics has vanished. My dear friends, I am expressing my enormous gratitude to you for your support, belief and hope; for the petitions and the kind words addressed to me. I will be unable to go to the Olympics as an incumbent athlete but I have every right to do that as a candidate to the IOC Athletes’ Commission. I am flying to Rio on August 14," Isinbayeva wrote in Instagram.

Russian athletes were banned from the Rio Olympics 2016 because of the disqualification of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (RAF). Darya Klishina, who lives and trains abroad, was the only Russian athlete allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics. On July 21, the Court of Arbitration for Sport unanimously dismissed an appeal by the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian track-and-field athletes against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which had forbidden them to compete in Rio.

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