The Court of Arbitration for Sport is unlikely to hold a hearing on Kamila Valieva’s doping case for August as the wait for a resolution on the team’s figure skating medals from last year’s Winter Olympics will stretch beyond the summer
- Kamila Valieva was crucial to the Russian Olympic Committee winning team gold
- A decision has yet to be made on the destination of the team’s figure skating medals
- The Court of Arbitration for Sport has confirmed that a hearing before August is unlikely
The wait for figure skating medals from last year’s Winter Olympics is expected to last more than 18 months after the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed that a hearing in the Kamila doping case is unlikely to be held before August valieva.
Valieva was pivotal to the Russian Olympic Committee team gold last February in Beijing when, as a 15-year-old, she landed the first quadruple jumps by a woman in Olympic competition.
The medal ceremony for the event was later postponed following the revelation that she had tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine in December 2021.
Valieva’s provisional suspension was lifted during the Games, allowing her to contest the individual event, but the International Olympic Committee ruled that no medal ceremonies would be held in the team or women’s competitions if the teenager was involved until a final decision was made in her doping case. .
A Russian anti-doping agency tribunal ruled in January that Valieva bore “no fault or negligence,” while her legal team argued she may have inadvertently taken heart medication from her grandfather by sharing a glass of water.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport is unlikely to hold a hearing on last year’s doping case before August
Kamila Valieva (center), then 15, was embroiled in a doping scandal in the middle of the Beijing Games
The tribunal disqualified Valieva from the Russian National Championships, where she gave the monster, but no other event.
The World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Skating Union and RUSADA have all appealed the tribunal’s decision to CAS.
WADA has called for a four-year suspension, while RUSADA has called for an “appropriate punishment” that “may include a reprimand or be limited” when it appeals the ruling of its own disciplinary court. The ISU has asked for ‘a period of ineligibility at the sole discretion of CAS’.
CAS has confirmed to Mail Sport that a hearing is unlikely to take place before August, extending the wait for an official result in the Olympic figure skating event to more than 18 months.
“The exchange of written comments is ongoing. All parties have agreed to extend the usual time limits for this phase,” said a CAS spokesperson. ‘The date of the hearing will be determined at a later stage, when the lists of witnesses and experts have been deposited.
A tribunal of Russia’s anti-doping agency ruled in January that Valieva ‘carried no fault or negligence’
It is unlikely that the hearing will take place before August 2023. Once established, the hearing will be officially announced on the CAS website.’
IOC president Thomas Bach had called for a “quick resolution” of the matter last May, with the organization keen to finalize the results of the Olympic figure skating event.
With athletes still waiting for a medal ceremony more than a year after the Games, the IOC has reiterated its plea to deal with the matter “as soon as possible”.
“The IOC welcomed WADA’s decision to bring this matter to CAS,” an IOC spokesman told Mail Sport.
“As this is a test conducted outside the Olympic Games, but which has an impact on the results of the figure skating team and individual competitions at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, the IOC hopes that the matter will be resolved as soon as possible. done. if possible.
She was allowed to compete in the individual event, but amid the turmoil of the doping allegations hanging over her head, she fell several times
This is also in the interest of all involved, especially the athletes who have not yet been able to receive their Beijing 2022 medals. Only the conclusion of the case will allow the International Skating Union to determine the final results of figure skating. team competition at these Games and the IOC to decide on the award of medals.’
The United States and Japan had finished as silver and bronze medalists and would be eligible for upgrades if Valieva was eventually penalized, and this led to the disqualification of the ROC team. Canada finished the event fourth.
US Figure Skating expressed frustration at the continued wait for a final decision, with their team marking the event’s one-year anniversary in February by posing with empty medal cases. The organization praised the “poise and dignity” of its athletes, saying they “long deserved the recognition that has been withheld because of the ongoing process.”
A medal ceremony was able to take place in the women’s individual event at the Games after Valieva, who was cleared to compete, ultimately failed to finish on the podium following multiple falls during the scandal.