The right of Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva to compete in the women’s event at the Beijing Olympics will be decided in an urgent hearing at the Sports Arbitration Court.
The International Testing Agency, on behalf of the IOC, said Friday that it will fight against the Russian anti-doping agency’s decision to allow 15-year-old Valieva to skate. The Russian agency provisionally banned Valieva this week because she failed a drug test in December.
Valieva is a favorite in her event which begins on Tuesday after setting world records this season and landing a woman’s first quad jump at the Olympics.
The ITA confirmed reports that Valieva tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine at the Russian National Championships in St. Petersburg six weeks ago.
The positive test was reported by a laboratory in Sweden only on Tuesday, the day after Valieva helped the Russians win the team event and a few hours before the awards ceremony, which was then postponed. Whether the Russians lose the gold medal in the team event will be decided later.
The legal handling of Valieva’s case began with the immediate interim ban on the Beijing Olympics imposed by the Russian agency, known as RUSADA, which oversaw testing at the national championships.
On Wednesday, a disciplinary jury from RUSADA upheld his appeal to overturn the skater’s provisional ban.
The urgent hearing at the CAS will only consider the issue of a provisional ban on these games, the ITA said it is proceeding on behalf of the IOC.
“The IOC will exercise its right of appeal and not to wait for RUSADA’s reasoned decision, because a decision is needed before the next competition in which the athlete is expected to take part,” said the testing agency.
Although Valieva is at the center of the case, at 15 she has protections in the sporting regulation: the World Anti-Doping Code. Under these guidelines, you may ultimately only receive a simple reprimand.
When a minor is implicated in anti-doping rule violations, the focus of the mandatory investigation turns to her entourage, such as team coaches and doctors.
“We have a 100% anti-doping policy. And clearly, we will pursue all doping cases to the end,” said IOC spokesman Mark Adams.
“But clearly in this specific case it is an active case, and we are waiting for it to be seen to the end, and it would be wrong for anyone to comment on it, particularly because it is a case of a minor, a protected person. . I think people need to be a little careful with their kind of wild speculation about an active case. “
Valieva will likely be disqualified from her Russian national title in December, but could still be cleared to compete in Beijing next week.
Russia is competing in the Beijing Olympics as ROC, short for Russian Olympic Committee, without its anthem or flag. This is due to the fallout from years of doping controversies, including steroid use and cover-ups at the 2014 Winter Olympics, which Russia hosted.