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RIO DE JANEIRO, August 12. /TASS/. A passenger jet carrying Darya Klishina, who is the only Russian track and field athlete cleared to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, landed at the international airport of Rio de Janeiro on Friday morning, her agent Alexei Nikolayev told TASS.
Russian long jumper Klishina arrived in Brazil from the United States, where she had been living and practicing in the recent years. The women’s long jump final competition of the 2016 Summer Games is scheduled for August 17 at the Olympic Stadium.
On June 17, the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Council ruled it was still too early to restore ARAF’s (All-Russia Athletics Federation) membership in the international organization subsequently extending the suspension of Russian athletes from all international tournaments, including the 2016 Olympic Games.
The IAAF announced in late June that it had amended the organization’s regulations in order to allow field and track athletes from Russia to submit individual applications for international tournaments.
The world’s governing body of athletics, however, emphasized that Russians, admitted to competitions on an individual basis, would be unable to perform as part of the national team and would participate only under a neutral flag.
Last month, IAAF’s anti-doping department rejected personal applications from all Russian track and field athletes to participate in international competitions, including the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, except for long jumper, Darya Klishina.