nearly two years later 2022 Beijing Winter Olympicspublished by the Swiss Court of International Sports Final ruling on Monday Russian figure skating prodigy Kamila Valyeva “violated anti-doping rules.”
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that Valieva will be suspended from international competition until December 2025.
“Trimetazidine was found in samples taken from Ms. Valieva during the Russian National Championships in St. Petersburg on December 25, 2021,” CAS said in a statement.
The result also “disqualified” Valyeva from all competitions in which she would win medals starting in December 2021, including the 2022 Winter Olympics.
“Russia has hijacked every Olympics since 2014,” said Travis Tygart, head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, criticizing Russia’s well-documented sports doping system.
“I think you have to have a lot of compassion. This is a 15-year-old girl who was part of this incident.” [Russian doping] program. Who do you blame? “
With Valieva out and her stunning performance disqualified, the International Skating Union is now expected to decide who should take home which medals from the Beijing team skating competition.
Russia finished first in the team event, followed by the U.S. and Japan, and Canada finished fourth, a move that should clear the way for the U.S. to win gold.
CAS said: “The consequences of Ms. Valyeva’s retroactive disqualification from past events (including the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics) are outside the scope of this arbitration process and must be reviewed by the relevant sports organizations.” Its ruling.
Tygart described the decision as a victory for clean sport and said he hoped it would lead to more aggressive enforcement of doping rules to curb Russian misconduct.
“They are not following today’s rules. The system has failed athletes, including Valyeva, by continuing to allow [Russia] Hijacking the world’s biggest events. “
The case centers on ValievaRussian figure skating star athlete who is allowed to Play in Beijing even after being exposed She tested positive before the game for Use of prohibited performance-enhancing drugs.
Dozens of other athletes around the world have also been collateral damage from this scandal.While the case is under review, the IOC decided No medals awarded Participate in figure skating team competitions.
“We were in a room in our ceremonial attire waiting to be bused to the venue but we were told the event was cancelled,” Zach Donoghue recallsMembers of the U.S. Figure Skating Team were interviewed by NPR last year.
Athletes from Canada, Japan, Russia and the United States are waiting to see if the Russian team will ultimately be disqualified as a sluggish bureaucratic process plods along with long gaps between hearings.
There has been speculation that a medal ceremony for figure skaters could take place later this year at the Summer Olympics in Paris.
The Valyeva incident triggered Russian sports controversy.
The case once again attracted people’s attention The long history of doping Pundits have undermined Russian sports, skewed the results of international competitions and put young competitors at risk.
The ruling by CAS comes days after the same sports tribunal heard Russia’s appeal against the International Olympic Committee’s decision to prevent Russian athletes from representing the country at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
Russians are expected to be allowed to compete, but only as neutral athletes and not allowed to fly the flag, play the national anthem or wear official Russian sportswear.
The IOC issued the restrictions after Russia invaded Ukraine just days after the Beijing Olympics, as Russian officials moved to forcibly absorb occupied territories in Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporozhye. sports team.
“The Russian Olympic Committee no longer has the right to operate as a National Olympic Committee in accordance with the provisions of the Olympic Charter and cannot receive any funds from the Olympic Movement,” The International Olympic Committee said in its October 2023 ruling.
It is unclear when CAS will make a final ruling on the dispute.