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Russian sports minister satisfied with CAS decision on athlete Klishina

August 15, 2016, 11:05 UTC+3

The minister says the decision to allow Russia's track and field athlete to Olympics is objective

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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

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MOSCOW, August 15. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS he was satisfied by the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to allow Russian long jumper Darya Klishina to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio.

The IAAF press service said on August 13 that the Russian track and field athlete was banned from competing at the Olympic Games due to new information received last week. Klishina, 25, appealed the decision at CAS that ruled on Sunday that she has the right to take part in the competition. The IAAF later agreed with the decision.

"Here we just need to express satisfaction with the decision, to calm down and get started already tomorrow. It’s very difficult for her [Klishina], her preparation was interrupted. The decision was objective, a person cannot be punished for what he or she did not do," Mutko said.

Russia track and field athletes were suspended from the Rio Olympics as the national federation had been disqualified amid the doping scandal.

Only Klishina who lives and trains abroad will take part in the Games. Women’s long jump qualification will start on August 16.

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