Kamila Valieva: World Anti-Doping Agency refers Russian figure skater’s case to Court of Arbitration for Sport


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) referred the case of Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after finding that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) had made no progress regarding doping skating at the Winter Olympics. Case.

In a statement on Tuesday, WADA President Witold Bańka said: “Despite RUSADA’s formal notice to resolve the Kamila Valieva case promptly, no progress has been made. Therefore, I can confirm that WADA has now officially referred her directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS did not comment when asked if it had received the referral from WADA, but said it “will issue a press release once the appeal has been received and registered” .

CNN has contacted RUSADA for comment.

Valieva, now 16, was suspended by RUSADA the day after she guided the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to victory in the Beijing 2022 team event, in which she became the first woman to land a quadruple jump at the Winter Olympics.

She had tested positive for a banned substance – the heart drug trimetazidine, which can improve endurance – in December 2021. But the results of the December drug test failure have not been released. than during the Olympics when analyzed and reported to RUSADA.

Valieva has not publicly explained the positive test results.

The IOC Disciplinary Committee said Valieva blamed the positive test on confusion with her grandfather’s medication, as she said he was using trimetazidine for his heart problem.

In October, RUSADA said in a statement that it had completed its investigation but was keeping the final resolution of a case involving a figure skater, member of the Russian Olympic Committee and “protected person” confidential.

WADA responded to this statement by RUSADA in October noting that “WADA is not a party to this matter, but as it always does, WADA will review the outcome of the tribunal and reserves the right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, if necessary.”

At the time, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it expected RUSADA to comply with WADA’s code and deal with the matter quickly to allow the International Skating Union “to define the final results of the figure skating team competition at the Winter Olympics”. Beijing 2022 and the IOC will decide on the awarding of medals.”

CNN has reached out to the IOC for comment.

Team USA finished second in the team event, Japan third and Canada fourth. Due to the doping controversy, no medal ceremonies were held during the Games.


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