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Isinbayeva vows lawsuit if Russia barred from Olympic track

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva vows lawsuit if Russia barred from Olympic track and field

Isinbayeva vows lawsuit if Russia barred from Olympic track

MOSCOW (AP) -- Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva says she will file suit if Russia's ban from global track and field competition is upheld and she is barred from competing in Rio de Janeiro.

Russia's athletics federation was suspended by the IAAF after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report detailed systematic, state-sponsored doping. The IAAF is due to rule next month on whether to reinstate Russia ahead of the Rio Games.

Isinbayeva says that "in the case of a negative ruling for us, I will personally go to an international court regarding human rights."

Isinbayeva said she feels "helpless" with Russia suspended and that missing the Olympics could leave clean young Russian athletes "broken."

She spoke in a Skype interview arranged by Russian track officials.


Updated : 2021-05-09 21:45 GMT+08:00