Klishina left 'confused' by doping battle, says lawyer

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Darya Klishina, the Russian long-jumper who won a sports court order to get into the Rio Olympics, has been left "confused" by the doping battle she is caught in, her lawyer said Monday.

But Paul Greene said the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) verdict in favour of the 25-year-old was "a victory for her and the individual rights of athletes who can stand up to a federation."

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had approved Klishina as the only Russian entrant into the Rio Games but then excluded her in a shock move on Friday after getting new information about her doping samples.

Greene insisted that Klishina, who had been allowed into Rio because she is based in the United States and underwent regular international test, is "clean".

"For her to be implicated is truly sad and unfortunate. She’s never been anything but 100 percent clean," he said.

The long jumper, a former European indoor champion, was in training on Monday ahead of the start of her competition on Tuesday.

"She’s very confused," said Greene.

"She’s doing her best to make this a meaningful experience in the Olympic village. She’s been staying in the village trying to make the most of it.

"Hopefully she can have a positive experience when it ends."

Greene said he hoped "the crowd’s reaction will be overwhelmingly for her."

"She’s dreamed of being a world athlete since she was 11 and competing at the Olympic Games. Since she got off the plane until now she has been inundated with this."

After a day of hearings Sunday, the CAS special anti-doping tribunal announced in the early hours of Monday that Klishina's appeal had succeeded and she "remained eligible to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio."

Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren provided new evidence to the IAAF about Klishina last week that led to the withdrawal of her Rio eligibility.

The new evidence concerned two urine sample bottles that had been tampered with. One contained two different DNA sets.

The CAS said that despite the evidence, Klishina met the IAAF testing criteria to compete in Rio.

Greene said no evidence of the tampering in Russia had been presented at the CAS hearing.

"The IAAF never said she did anything with it. Who knows what was going on in that lab in the last two months of 2014."

The McLaren report for the World Anti-Doping Authority accused the Russian government of "state-sponsored" doping including by tampering with the samples of Russian athletes.

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