MONACO (MON): European long jump champion Darya Klishina is cleared. The IAAF Doping Review Board has agreed that she meets the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in International Competition as a neutral athlete under Competition Rule 22.1A. She is now eligible to compete in International Competitions as an independent neutral athlete. Darya Klishina’s participation as a neutral athlete in International Competition is still subject to acceptance by the organiser of the competition in question, in accordance with the rules of that competition. The Doping Review Board received a total of 136 applications from Russian athletes seeking exceptional eligibility to compete in an individual capacity under a separate provision in Competition Rule 22.1A(b), namely on the basis that they are not tainted by RUSAF’s 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. Most of these applications have now been reviewed by the Doping Review Board with the exception of the applications for the European Youth Championships in Tbilisi which were withdrawn so not reviewed.
MOSCOW (RUS): Two-time European indoor champion Darya Klishina said thanks to the IAAF for its decision that allows her to perform at international competitions and at the Rio Olympics as neutral athlete. “My special thanks goes to my outstanding coach and great person Loren Seagrave without whom my career simply would not be possible. Also, I appreciate every effort of IMG Academy and its staff to create the best possible, safe and clean environment for me,” Klishina posted at her Facebook page.