Russia had hoped that an IAAF ban could be overruled by Russia had hoped that an IAAF ban could be overruled by the International Olympic Committee, which has convened a summit for Tuesday to discuss the issue of Russias status. However, that appears unlikely after the IOC said Saturday that it “fully respects” the IAAF ruling. Russias last chance is likely to be an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports. Two race walkers said Sunday they had applied for CAS to rule on the issue. However, even the IAAF ban leaves open an avenue for a select few Russians to compete at the Olympics. A provision allowing athletes to compete under “neutral” status can apply to those who can show they have been living and training abroad, under a more rigorous system of anti-doping tests than Russias, which is currently mostly suspended following persistent allegations it covered up for doped stars. Among those who could benefit is 800-meter runner Yulia Stepanova, whose testimony to the World Anti-Doping Agency about drug use helped to spark an unprecedented investigation. Theres also a chance for long jumper Darya Klishina, who has long been based in the United States, well away from the embattled Russian track and field system. Her coach Loren Seagrave was reluctant to talk about Klishinas plans, but told the AP that the turmoil in Russian track and field had no impact. “Daryas preparation has not been affected at all,” he said. “Shes been out of Russia now for almost eight months and (has) been tested on a regular basis – (so this decision) doesnt affect her preparation at all.” If Klishina is to compete, it wouldnt be under the Russian flag, but a neutral symbol, perhaps the IOCs emblem. Meanwhile, dozens of other Russians look set to stay at home. AP KHS KHSadvertisement
Stay on target Watch: Injured Baby Raccoon Receives Custom-Made WheelchairWatch: Trapped Raccoons Use Ladders to Escape From Warehouse Blaze “He couldn’t really move. He was dragging his legs, he was wobbling, having a hard time standing up,” Emily Rodgers, a resident, told CBC News of a raccoon she observed in the vicinity. “You could tell something was wrong with him for sure.”Julie Fong, another resident, said a local police officer requested permission to observe her backyard, since there was concern over a raccoon in the neighborhood that seemed “tipsy.”“So that’s why this guy was kind of sleeping it off under our deck. There was a drunk raccoon under our deck,” Fong said. “He said it was sort of stumbling along, just looking completely off, [like] somebody who may have had a few extra libations would be walking.”Raccoons are getting “drunk” on fermented fruit and stumbling around Stittsville: https://t.co/YFQSARfnq3 via @RobynMillerCBC pic.twitter.com/09LOokQwuL— CBC Ottawa (@CBCOttawa) September 6, 2019According to Michael Runtz, a Carleton University biology professor, the raccoons may have dined on too many fermented fruits, such as apples, which fall off of trees around this time of year. This could be why the neighborhood raccoons were walking funny and sleeping off their “hangovers” in the middle of the road.“It’s possible that some of the fruit is fermenting under the heat, and that these guys are getting a bit tipsy by eating that fermenting fruit. Don’t try to give them coffee and get them sobered up, just let them go their course,” Runtz explained to CBC News. “If you’re really concerned about the animal, call…some of the animal control officers to come have a look at it.”More on Geek.com:Watch: Trapped Raccoons Use Ladders to Escape From Warehouse BlazeWatch: Injured Baby Raccoon Receives Custom-Made WheelchairRaccoon Rescued After Getting Head Stuck in Grate Raccoons appearing to be “drunk” were recently spotted in a Canadian neighborhood and people are concerned about the creatures’ strange behavior.Residents in Ottawa, Ontario, have noticed that the raccoons, which are nocturnal animals, were not acting normally over the past week, Fox News reported. The raccoons, which were caught stumbling around the area and taking “power naps” on the ground, may have eaten fermented fruit by mistake, according to experts.