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RIO DE JANEIRO, August 13. /TASS/. Russian long jumper Darya Klishina who was banned from competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has said that she is clean.
"I am a clean athlete, and I proved it repeatedly," Klishina wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday. "I will make every possible effort to defend my reputation of a clean athlete. I feel like I was deceived by the system which is not aimed at maintaining sports clean, in which athletes win outside of sports arenas," she added.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne earlier confirmed that it received Klishina’s appeal over her ban from the Rio Olympics. The appeal will be considered in the nearest future.
On June 17, the IAAF 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.
Later in July, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) turned down an appeal from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 national athletes filed against IAAF, thus closing the doors on Russian field and track athletes to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.
IOC President Thomas Bach announced in late July that Russian athletes, with the exception of track and field competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.