Kamila Valieva: WADA appeals case of Russian determine skater to Court of Arbitration for Sport


The protracted doping saga involving Russian determine skater Kamila Valieva entered one other section on Tuesday because the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Last month, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) successfully cleared Valieva of wrongdoing, saying that the 16-year-old had violated anti-doping guidelines however bore no “fault or negligence” for the transgression.

But WADA believes such a conclusion is “wrong” and has now exercised its proper to attraction the ruling.

Valieva was suspended by RUSADA the day after she guided the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to victory within the determine skating group occasion finally 12 months’s Winter Olympics in Beijing, the place she additionally turned the primary girl in historical past to land a quadruple leap on the Games.

However, it got here to mild in the course of the course of the Olympics that Valieva had examined constructive for the center treatment trimetazidine – which may improve endurance – in December 2021.

Valieva has not publicly defined the constructive take a look at outcomes.

The ROC positioned first within the group occasion in Beijing forward of the USA in second, Japan in third and Canada in fourth, however no medal ceremony was held on account of the doping controversy.

In an announcement on Tuesday, WADA stated it’s in search of a four-year interval of ineligibility for Valieva and disqualification of her outcomes from the date of the pattern assortment on December 25, 2021.

“As it has sought to do throughout this process, WADA will continue to push for this matter to proceed without further undue delay,” the assertion added.

“Given the case is now pending before CAS, WADA can make no further comment at this time.”

CNN has contacted RUSADA and the International Olympic Committee for remark.

Valieva was cleared to compete within the ladies’s singles occasion on the Winter Olympics however finally positioned fourth after falling and stumbling a number of instances in the course of the competitors.

Travis Tygart, the CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), stated on Tuesday that the choice to attraction Valieva’s case to CAS “had to be done in order to restore some confidence in the global anti-doping system.”

He added: “Let’s hope the hearing is expedited and open to the public so that the athletes whose dreams are hanging in the balance can believe in the final outcome, whatever it may be, and that some justice can be salvaged soon.”

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