WADA says all investigations into Kamila Valieva doping case must be completed by August 8
An investigation by RUSADA, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, into the circumstances surrounding the positive drug test submitted by teenage figure skater Kamila Valieva ahead of the recent Beijing Winter Olympics is due to be completed by August 8. , according to the World Anti-Doping Agency. (AMA) said.
Valieva, 15, from Russia, was at the center of a media storm during February’s Winter Olympics after a drug test she submitted in December was found to contain a substance prohibited – but due to procedural delays, the test result was not revealed until after Valieva had competed for the ROC in the figure skating team event for which she won gold.
This caused a delay in the medal ceremony and further investigation of Valieva – but due to her age she was classed as a minor and therefore designated as a “protected person“according to WADA guidelines.
This prompted the International Olympic Committee and RUSADA to announce they were expanding their investigation into Valieva’s case to include other figures close to the teenager, including her coaching staff and team doctors.
Ultimately, Valieva was cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to compete in the women’s singles event after it was determined that preventing her from doing so “would cause her irreparable harm in the circumstances. “.
However, they also noted that any medals won by Valieva would be subject to official investigation. In the women’s singles event, the pressure seemed to affect Valieva who gave an error-strewn performance to give up the medal spots.
And according to the AMA’s latest statement on Valieva’s case, they expect the investigative process to be concluded in early August.
“These terms are the international standard for handling test results, as the notification was made on February 8.“, the AMA said in a statement, reflecting what would be a six-month period for the investigation to be carried out.
Valieva and her team, meanwhile, explained that accidental contamination of her grandfather’s heart medication was the likely cause of the initial positive test, or that it got mixed in with his regular diet of nutrients and legal supplements.
It was theorized by USADA’s Travis Tygart that due to Valieva’s age, she might receive a warning if she determined there had been wrongdoing – but he also suggested she might also be banned from sport for two years, half the time. usually given to adults.
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