Kamila Valieva: the Russian star of Olympic skating authorized to skate at the Beijing Games


The IOC, the International Skating Union (ISU) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have all called on CAS to reinstate a suspension that Valieva received from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), for a doping violation that she received regarding a test sample taken in December.

The decision clears the 15-year-old to compete in the women’s singles short program on Tuesday. She is the favorite for gold in women’s singles.

As a minor, Valieva is not the only person interested in the case. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) told CNN on Sunday that the agency would investigate Valieva’s entourage.

“When a minor is involved, there is an obligation in the World Anti-Doping Code to investigate the entourage,” WADA said in a statement. “RUSADA (the Russian anti-doping agency) has already indicated that it has started this. We will ask our independent intelligence and investigation service to look into the matter as well.”

The skater has already been able to compete at the Games as the test failure only came to light after she helped the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) win gold in the figure skating team event on Monday, February 7.

The scandal continues to delay the awarding of medals to the three teams, including silver for the American team and bronze for the Japanese team.

The CAS ruling only determined whether the figure skater can compete in Beijing, leaving the team gold medal issue to be decided at a later date, International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams said. , to reporters earlier in the day on Monday.

“(Medals) will not be settled by this decision. It probably won’t be settled during these Games,” Adams told reporters.

Addressing the future of Valieva ahead of the announcement of the CAS decision, Adams said the case against her will continue as she neither confirms nor denies the doping charge and there will be “ongoing proceedings”.

Adams also confirmed to CNN that if Valieva earns a spot on the podium on Tuesday, it’s likely a medal ceremony will go ahead as planned, but the medal could still be revoked at a later date.

Valieva returned the positive test during the Russian Figure Skating Championships in Saint Petersburg on December 25.

But the results weren’t released by a Swedish lab until February 8, a day after the ROC team won gold in the Beijing event, according to the International Testing Agency (ITA).

Valieva immediately received a provisional suspension from RUSADA, which automatically bans athletes from participating in all sports.

The figure skater challenged the suspension on Feb. 9, and in a hearing the same day, RUSADA lifted the interim ban, allowing her to continue competing at the Olympics, according to the ITA.

Responding to the controversy, the ROC said on Friday that Valieva had “repeatedly taken doping tests” while already in Beijing, adding that it was taking steps to keep Valieva’s “honestly earned” gold. .

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“The doping test of an athlete who tested positive does not apply to the period of the Olympic Games. At the same time, the athlete repeatedly passed doping tests before and after December 25, 2021 , including when he was already in Beijing during the figure skating tournament. . All results are negative,” the ROC statement read.

Separately, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday there was a “misunderstanding” over Valieva’s positive test as he offered the figure skater full support.

On Tuesday, Valieva plans to skate to the music “In Memoriam” by Kirill Richter and attempt a triple axel as well as a triple flip in her program. Last week she became the first woman to land a quadruple axel at the Olympics, leaving fans wanting more.

Russia is already under restrictions for violating the anti-doping rules system. A 2019 WADA ruling barring Russia from participating in international sports competitions is due to expire later this year. Until then, individual Russian athletes are allowed to compete as neutrals under the acronym ROC.

CNN’s Selina Wang, Hannah Ritchie, Wayne Sterling, George Ramsay, Duarte Mendonca and Uliana Pavlova contributed reporting.


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