Russia names athletics team hoping ban will be lifted

Tue Jul 5, 2016 5:28pm EDT
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By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has named a track and field team for the Rio Olympics which includes gold medalists Yelena Isinbayeva and Ivan Ukhov among 68 athletes who are hoping an IAAF ban on them competing will be lifted by sport's highest court later this month.

The All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) on Tuesday published a list of athletes it said had met its criteria for taking part in the Olympics. It said the preliminary team was verified by the head coaches council and its general committee.

As well as twice Olympic pole vault champion Isinbayeva (2004 and 2008) and high jump gold medalist Ukhov (2012), it includes world 110 meters hurdles champion Sergei Shubenkov and former European long jump title holder Darya Klishina.

Russian track and field athletes are currently suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from competing in international competition.

However, they have opposed the ban, which was imposed after a World Anti-Doping Agency report showed widespread, state-sponsored doping, and taken their case to sport's highest court.

On July 2, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the 68 athletes filed appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the IAAF ban and asked to be allowed to take part in international competition in time for the Olympics.

The three parties agreed an expedited procedure, with a final decision due by July 21, CAS has said.


Athletics - Russian track and field championship - Women's pole vault - Cheboksary, Russia, 21/6/16. Yelena Isinbayeva greets spectators. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin