Russia’s double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has been controversially added to a list of 23 candidates vying for four posts on the International Olympic Committee’s athletes’ commission.
The 34-year-old, who became the figurehead of Russia’s unsuccessful bid to overturn its ban from Rio’s Olympic athletics event, missed the deadline for entries but has been allowed to stand.
National Olympic Committees were meant to propose candidates by September 15, last year, but Isinbayeva’s application, and four others, all came in later due to what the IOC has described as ‘some internal administrative issues’.
A spokesperson for the IOC said: ‘Having discussed the matter and consulting with the chair of the Athletes’ Commission, the IOC decided to accept the five candidatures.
‘This is because it was felt that the athletes should not suffer from the administrative oversights of their respective NOCs.’
Isinbayeva, a two-time World Sportswoman of the Year, is eligible as the election is open to athletes who appeared at London 2012, where she claimed a bronze medal, or Rio 2016.