Klishina given exception to compete as neutral athlete


Russian long jumper Darya Klishina has been cleared to compete on the international stage as an independent neutral athlete by the IAAF.

Klishina was one of the 136 Russian athletes to apply for exceptional eligibility to compete as an individual ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next month.

In order to successfully obtain an exemption, the athletes must prove "they are not tainted by RUSAF's (Russia Athletic Federation) failure to put in place adequate anti-doping systems because they have been subject to other, fully adequate systems outside of the country for a sufficiently long period to provide a substantial assurance of integrity".

RUSAF says that, while Klishina's application has been successful, a further 67 athletes have seen theirs rejected.

This follows the IAAF announcement that Russia's track and field ban would remain in place, saying the country had not met its reinstatement conditions, although the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has appealed the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Klishina, a two-time European Indoor Champion and a bronze medallist at the 2014 European Championships, is the second athlete to receive an exemption.

Yulia Stepanova, the 800m runner who served as a whistleblower to help uncover systemic doping in Russian athletics, also has an exemption to compete under a neutral flag.

However, both Stepanova and Klishina must receive IOC approval before being allowed to take part in Rio.