“Ridiculous”: the Russian Olympic talent (16) is acquitted after a positive doping test

WADA is “concerned” and threatens further legal action America’s number one doping hunter cannot accept Rosada’s “selfish decision” – and the IOC initially remained silent: the case of Russian figure skating princess Kamila Valeeva is the best way to become the never-ending story.

After much hesitation, the court of the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA finally reached its verdict in the case of the European champion: after a positive test before the Winter Olympics in Beijing, which was taken by RUSADA itself, a penalty against 16-year-olds. Almost a year after the Olympics, the rankings remain in the team competition An asterisk is marked. Parts of the sporting world were stunned.

Valieva could not stand the pressure of the audience

Russia triumphed with an impressive Valieva last February — but no medals were awarded because during the Beijing Games, a urine sample taken by Valieva at the Russian Championships in mid-December 2021 contained the banned drug Tremetazidine.


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However, the ad hoc panel of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) allowed Valieva to participate in the individual decision a few days later in Beijing. After finishing first in the short program, the exceptional talent collapsed under public pressure in the freestyle and dropped to fourth place. Since then there has been a stalemate. in several ways.

Valeeva doping case: will the verdict be appealed?

A few days after the outbreak of the Olympic flame, Russia began its war of aggression against Ukraine. The nation’s sport—which competed in Beijing without the country’s name, flag, and anthem due to doping violations—and its athletes initially disappeared from the international scene. And with it the Valeeva case to some extent.

However, WADA continued to put pressure on RUSADA, which was closed until December 17, 2022. Because the Russians kept prolonging the case, the World Anti-Doping Agency named CAS. Given the latest developments, it is likely that the court in Lausanne will open again, although WADA expressly reserved the right to challenge it in its statement.

RUSADA can recognize “no error”.

The Rosada Tribunal earlier concluded that while Valieva had committed an anti-doping rule violation, no “fault or negligence” had been found. In addition, Valieva, who was 15 years old when the positive sample was taken, should be considered a “protected person”. WADA is now requesting full reasoning for the ruling to determine whether it is in compliance with World Anti-Doping Law.

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Others have already made up their minds, like Hajo Sepelt. “Absurd – it happens in undemocratic and opaque sports structures. (…]Russian sport does not seem to be able to build credible independent structures. But the IOC wants Russian athletes in Paris,” the ARD doping expert wrote on Twitter.

So for USADA President Travis Tegart, there’s no mistaking it. WADA and the ISU will have to “appeal this decision in order to protect the credibility of the anti-doping system and the rights of all athletes.” The world cannot accept this self-serving decision. Justice requires a full, fair and public hearing outside of Russia,” Tegart continued.

The IOC initially left a request from Friday evening unanswered. (sid/nswz)

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