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Isinbayeva’s Coach: IAAF Decision is ‘Epitaph’ of Russian Athletics

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has rejected every Russian athlete except Darya Klishina and Yuliya Stepanova from participating in international competitions including Rio Olympic Games 2016. Evgeny Trofimov, coach of Yelena Isinbayeva told RT that this is the epitaph of Russian athletics.

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According to the honored coach of Russia, the IAAF has set a target in every way to defame Russian athletics.

IAAF wants by all means to denigrate the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) by all means available and unavailable. This is such an interesting move; allowing Klishina to compete, they want to thereby show that all other people are unclean,” Trofimov told RT.

He said that Klishina has been allowed to compete only because she trains abroad. It has come to the point where they are beginning to make a decision on non-admission of even young athletes. “This is complete outrage, of course,” Trofimov said.

Moreover, the coach perceives the current situation as a political move.

“There is such a thing — an epitaph. An epitaph is a tombstone board. They are trying to organize epitaph of the Russian athletics. This is a political order. They are struggling using the most dishonest, dirty ways to stain Russian athletics,” — he said, noting that the international federation itself has become a “punitive damages agency” and it must be disbanded.

The coach further said that they behave like a “bull in a china shop” breaking everything they see.

“They do not have the presumption of innocence. This is not normal. This is an attempt on human rights. This team worked with strenuous schedule. There was hope that justice will prevail – but it doesn’t exist here.”

“They cannot forgive the fact that our country is becoming stronger, more close-knit. They cannot forgive that. This is such a primitive manner of dealing with Russia. It is devoid of all kind of logic,” Trofimov said.

Also the coach said that most of the media incorrectly feeds information about the incident, leaving the impression that the entire Russian team except Klishina is “dirty.”

He said that is absurd to present information in such a manner.

Earlier in the day, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ruled that Russian long jump athlete Darya Klishina can take part in international competitions, including the Rio Olympics, as a neutral contender.

The IAAF has barred the remaining Russian athletes over doping allegations. The CAS is due to look into Russia's appeal on July 19.

On June 21, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at a summit in Lausanne, Switzerland, supported the IAAF's decision, but did not ban all Russian national team members from participation in the 2016 Olympics, assuming that some Russian athletes would take part in the Games under the Russian flag.

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