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
Nottingham: Nervous to start with at his maiden World Cup, Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey says he now cannot wait to challenge India, especially Mahendra Singh Dhoni, when the two sides clash on Sunday in London. Carey’s 55-ball 45 was good support to Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 60-ball 92 in Australia’s 15-run win over the West Indies here on Thursday. The early nerves of playing at a big tournament taken care of by that effort, Carey made some confident statements about the match against India. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “Playing against him (Dhoni) in India and Australia, he’s very calm. He always gives himself a chance to finish off the game,” Carey was quoted as saying by the ICC’s official website. “He gives himself time out in the middle. They’re pretty calm heads, they give themselves a chance to finish off an innings. “It’s a World Cup, so I didn’t know too much what to expect. Rolling to the first game in the bus and seeing all the crowd gave me some goosebumps. I thought it was a pretty cool feeling.” Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up Reflecting on his performance against the West Indies, the 27-year-old said it helped that he was batting with Steve Smith at the other end. “I gave myself a fair bit of time to get my innings going. Speaking to Smudge (Steve Smith) there was plenty of time left on the board. “It was a matter of trying to absorb a bit of pressure, just bat and scrap through as many as we could.” Despite being the less experienced of the two, Carey said Smith didn’t give him any particular advice on how to turn things around after Australia had been reduced to 79/5 at one stage. The defending champions recovered to post 288. “I suppose when I was two off 23 balls he gave me no indication I was doing something wrong, backing up what I was trying to do out there. “There was no pressure from him, so we were fine just going together. I think we know at Trent Bridge, if we give ourselves a bit of time we can score freely,” he said. “I didn’t think it was a bad thing at the time, I guess if you get out we’re 80/6 I gave myself a bit of time to assess the conditions and give the tail a chance,” he added.