Russia name Olympic team even though they can't compete

Russia's Yelena Isinbaeva is hoping to win gold again. Photo / Getty
Russia's Yelena Isinbaeva is hoping to win gold again. Photo / Getty

Russia have named a track and field team for the Rio Olympics which includes gold medallists 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) today published a list of athletes they said had met their criteria for taking part in the Olympics.

As well as two-time Olympic pole vault champion Isinbayeva (2004 and 2008) and high jump gold medallist Ukhov (2012), the team includes world 110m hurdles champion Sergei Shubenkov and former European long jump title holder Darya Klishina.

Russian track and field athletes are currently suspended by the IAAF from competing in international competition but 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 and the 68 athletes filed appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport 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.

- AAP

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