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 “mistaken” 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 workforce occasion eventually 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 gentle in the course of the course of the Olympics that Valieva had examined constructive for the center remedy trimetazidine – which might improve endurance – in December 2021.
Valieva has not publicly defined the constructive check outcomes.
The ROC positioned first within the workforce occasion in Beijing forward of the USA in second, Japan in third and Canada in fourth, however no medal ceremony was held because of the doping controversy.
In a press release on Tuesday, WADA mentioned 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 all through this course of, WADA will proceed to push for this matter to proceed with out additional undue delay,” the assertion added.
“Given the case is now pending earlier than CAS, WADA could make no additional remark presently.”
CNN has contacted RUSADA and the International Olympic Committee for remark.
Valieva was cleared to compete within the girls’s singles occasion on the Winter Olympics however finally positioned fourth after falling and stumbling a number of occasions in the course of the competitors.
Travis Tygart, the CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), mentioned on Tuesday that the choice to attraction Valieva’s case to CAS “needed to be accomplished with a purpose to restore some confidence within the world anti-doping system.”
He added: “Let’s hope the listening to is expedited and open to the general public in order that the athletes whose desires are hanging within the steadiness can consider within the remaining consequence, no matter it might be, and that some justice will be salvaged quickly.”
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