IN THE CLEAR: Long jumper Darya Klishina of Russia.
IN THE CLEAR: Long jumper Darya Klishina of Russia. ROBERT GHEMENT

Russian appeals to compete at Rio rejected

ATHLETICS: The IAAF’s Doping Review Board has rejected applications from 67 Russian athletes to compete internationally, including at the Rio Olympics, as “neutral” individuals.

At this stage only two Russians look like making it to the Games – long jumper Darya Klishina and 800m runner Yuliya Stepanova – following the World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision last year to suspend Russia’s track and field athletes over systemic state-sponsored doping. That ban was extended last month.

Although Stepanova’s application to compete as an individual has been accepted by the IAAF, she still requires permission from the International Olympic Committee to participate in Rio.

A former drug cheat, Stepanova left Russia after blowing the whistle on the huge doping problem in the country. Fearing for her safety, she is training at an undisclosed location in the US.