On Monday, the Sports Arbitration Court allowed Russian teenage figure skater Kamila Valiyeva to continue performing at the Beijing Olympics, despite failing a doping test.
The CAS said it had rejected appeals from the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Skaters Union to reinstate the 15-year-old.
The charming Valieva, who has not been cleared of doping, can now take part in the singles, which starts on Tuesday, and will be the favorite to win.
The CAS referred to “exceptional circumstances” for its decision, including its status as a “protected person” – in other words, a minor.
Mathieu Pisces, Director General of CAS, said: “The Commission considered that not allowing the athlete to participate in the Olympic Games would cause her irreparable harm in these circumstances.”
CAS also stressed that “there were serious problems with late reporting” of test results.
Russia’s Olympic Committee welcomed the decision, but his US counterpart said he was “disappointed with the message sent by the decision.”
“This seems to be another section in the systematic and widespread disregard for pure sports by Russia,” the US Olympic Committee said.
At the Russian championship on December 25, Valieva tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine.
It is used to treat angina and dizziness, but is on the WADA ban list because it can increase blood flow efficiency and increase endurance.
But it took six weeks for the test results to be processed at a WADA-accredited laboratory in Stockholm.
The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) reported a positive test result on February 8 and dismissed Valiyeva, but she successfully appealed and the ban was lifted.
The day before, she helped Russia win team gold in Beijing by showing a dazzling game when she became the first woman to make a four-time jump at the Olympics.
The ceremony of awarding medals in the team event was canceled, and Valieva’s case was in the background.
Speaking before the CAS announced its decision, the IOC said Monday that medals for team competitions “probably won’t” be awarded during the Games – and that the court’s decision will only mean Valieva has been given the green light to continue the competition. that she was cleared of doping.
“The issue of team competitions is unlikely to be resolved during these Games, and it is unfortunate, but we must follow the CAS process and the legal process,” said IOC spokesman Mark Adams.
“It’s a dilemma we’re all in, and it’s something that doesn’t satisfy us.
All other issues will have to be discussed later during the Games, including the awarding of medals to the teams. “
The United States won a silver medal, Japan took bronze, and Canada came in fourth.
Valieva’s case raised a number of questions, not least why it took six weeks to process the test.
RUSADA reported that the reason for the delay was the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases earlier this year.
“The CAS committee also stressed that there are serious problems with late reporting of results,” Rib said.
“We wouldn’t have this case, and I wouldn’t be here if these anti-doping test procedures were completed in a week or 10 days.”
Another pressing issue in this case is the well-being of the girl in the midst of the latest Russian doping scandal that has unfolded the recent Olympics.
The IOC has called on WADA to investigate Valieva’s entourage, which includes very successful coach Etheri Tutberidze.
The CAS decision will be carefully studied as Russia is already under sanctions for a large-scale state-funded doping program that peaked at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
As a result, the Russians are performing in Beijing under the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee (ARC).
The Russian flag and the national anthem cannot be hoisted at the Games and the team’s clothes.
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