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


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has 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) has failed to make progress on doping of the figure skater at the Winter Olympics. Box.

In a statement on Tuesday, WADA president Witold Bańka said: “Despite putting RUSADA on formal notice to resolve the Kamila Valieva case quickly, no progress has been made. I can therefore confirm that WADA has officially referred it directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

CAS had no comment when asked whether it had received the AMA’s referral, but said it would “issue a press release once the appeal has been received and registered”.

CNN has reached out to RUSADA for comment.

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

He had tested positive for a banned substance, trimetazidine, a heart drug that can improve endurance, in December 2021. But the results of December’s failed drug test only came to light during the Olympics when were analyzed and reported to RUSADA.

Valieva has not publicly explained the positive test results.

The IOC’s disciplinary commission said Valieva blamed the positive test on a mix-up with her grandfather’s drugs, as she said she uses trimetazidine for her heart condition.

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

WADA responded to this statement from RUSADA in October noting that “WADA is not a party to this case, but as always, WADA will review the outcome of the tribunal and reserves the right to file an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. if applicable”.

At the time, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it hoped RUSADA would comply with the WADA code and deal with the case 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 the allocation of medals.”

CNN has reached out to the IOC for comment.

Team USA finished second in the team event, Japan third and Canada fourth. As a result of the doping controversy, no medal ceremony was held during the Games.

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