Russia's Klishina fights IAAF U-turn

ELEVENTH HOUR APPEAL: The long-jumper says she has proven that she is a clean athlete beyond any doubt.


    Aug 15, 2016

    Russia's Klishina fights IAAF U-turn

    LONG-JUMPER Darya Klishina, Russia's only track and field athlete allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics, launched a last-ditch appeal on Saturday after her eligibility was withdrawn.

    World athletics body International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said it had received "new information" about her case which triggered the ban.

    She is slated to start competition in Rio

    on Tuesday.

    United States-based Klishina, 25, had escaped the blanket ban imposed by the IAAF on Russia's track and field team after revelations of state-sponsored doping.

    But a spokesman for the IAAF told Agence France-Presse: "The IAAF

    can confirm that it has withdrawn Darya's exceptional eligibility status.

    "That withdrawal was based on new information received by us and shared with Darya last week."

    Klishina was initially given the green light to compete as she has been based in Florida since 2013 and had done several international drug tests.

    In a statement, she insisted she was "clean" and said she was seeking an emergency hearing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport's

    ad hoc division in Rio.

    "I am a clean athlete and have proved that already many times and beyond

    any doubt," she said.

    "I will take every possible effort to protect my clean image as an athlete."