WADA has appealed to CAS, it wants a four-year sentence for the Russian figure skater Valije

WADA has appealed to CAS, it wants a four-year sentence for the Russian figure skater Valije

WADA appealed to CAS, wants a four-year sentence for Russian figure skater Valije

Illustration photo – Russian figure skater Kamila Valiyevová in the short program of the EC in Tallinn.

Montreal – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has appealed to the CAS arbitration against the Russian tribunal's decision not to punish figure skater Kamila Valiyeva for doping. WADA is demanding a four-year ban. She informed about it on the website.

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Valiyeva tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine at the Russian championships in December 2021. However, the result was not published until February 8, a day after she helped the Russian team to gold in the team competition at the Olympics.

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Although the International Olympic Committee postponed the awarding of medals due to the case, they allowed Valijeva to enter the women's competition. In it, the fifteen-year-old figure skater was the main favorite, but under the pressure of the circumstances, she couldn't handle the performance and took only fourth place.

The case was investigated by Russia's anti-doping agency, which acknowledged that Valiyeva violated the rules but did not find that she had done so intentionally or inadvertently. The figure skater defended herself by claiming that the substance got into her body by accident from her grandfather's medication.

WADA had previously turned to CAS due to delays in the Russian investigation and now appealed to arbitration due to the tribunal's decision not to punish Valieva. For the 16-year-old figure skater, she demands a suspension of activities for four years.

“We have carefully studied the documentation and the justification of the verdict and we have come to the conclusion that it is a bad decision with regard to the anti-doping rules. That is why we turned to CAS,” WADA said on its website.

“We request a four-year ban and disqualification of all results from the submission of the positive sample on December 25, 2021,” WADA announced, saying it would do everything to case closed as soon as possible.