WADA forces hearing in doping case of Russian skater Kamila Valieva

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The World Anti-Doping Agency said on Tuesday it had referred teenage figure skater Kamila Valieva’s Beijing Olympics case to sport’s highest court, accusing Russian officials of having made “no progress” towards its resolution.

Under a rarely used power, WADA can remove cases from the hands of national agencies and send them directly to CAS if it can show that they are not resolved in a timely manner, in accordance with international anti-doping rules.

Russia’s anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA, said last month it was preparing to hold a hearing but would not make the verdict public because Valieva was only 15 when she tested positive. .

“Despite RUSADA’s formal notice to quickly resolve the Kamila Valieva case, no progress has been made. Therefore, I can confirm that WADA has now formally referred her directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,” WADA President Witold Banka wrote. Twitter.

WADA warned Russian officials last month to expedite their investigation, which could send the United States team from silver to gold.

A case at the sports court in Lausanne, Switzerland, is still expected to take several months to process.

A previous panel of CAS judges allowed Valieva to compete in the women’s individual event in Beijing, even under suspicion of doping.

Valieva won Olympic gold in the team competition before finding out she had tested positive for a banned substance ahead of the Beijing Games at a Russian competition in December 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has caused delays to the laboratory responsible for testing the sample and this was only reported once Valieva was at the Olympics.

She appealed a provisional suspension and was cleared to skate in the women’s individual event and placed fourth. As anti-doping proceedings continued in Russia, Valieva skated in domestic competitions.

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