Illustrative photo – Russian figure skater Kamila Valiyevová in the free skate at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Lausanne (Switzerland) – The Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA also turned to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the doping case of figure skater Kamila Valijeva. Unlike its own disciplinary commission, which left the doping finding unpunished, it wants a punishment for the competitor. However, he proposes to give the young representative only a warning and asks to keep the gold medal from the Olympic team competition.
CAS confirmed today that it is registering three different appeals in the case. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was the first to turn to arbitration this week, followed immediately by the International Skating Union (ISU). WADA demands a four-year ban for the 16-year-old competitor, the ISU wants to leave the decision on the length of the punishment to arbitration.
However, the ISU also demands the disqualification of Valieva from all competitions from the date of her positive test in December 2021 at the Russian championship. The arbitration is also to decide on the final ranking of the team competition in figure skating at last year's Olympic Games in Beijing.
Information about Valijevová's doping finding was published only after the opening Olympic race. The International Olympic Committee postponed the awarding of medals due to the case, but allowed the Russian figure skater to enter the women's competition. In it, she was the main favorite, but she could not perform under the pressure of the circumstances and took fourth place.
The case was investigated by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, which acknowledged that Valiyeva violated the rules, but did not find that she did so intentionally or negligently. The young figure skater defended herself by claiming that the banned substance got into her body by accident from her grandfather's medicine. The RUSADA disciplinary commission decided to leave the case unpunished.