The International Olympic Committee (IOC) commented on the news that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the verdict in the case of Kamila Valieva.
In January, RUSADA’s disciplinary committee found the skater not guilty of violating anti-doping rules. The committee ruled that despite the violation itself, there was no fault or negligence on the part of the athlete.
WADA is seeking a four-year disqualification for Valieva and the invalidation of all results from the date of the positive sample (December 25, 2021).
“The IOC welcomes WADA’s decision to refer the case to CAS, which brings us one step closer to the end of the process the athletes have been waiting for.
Since this case concerns a sample taken outside the Olympic Games, but which affected the results of the team and individual figure skating tournaments at the Beijing Olympics, the IOC hopes that the case will be heard as quickly as possible.
This is also in the best interest of all involved, especially the athletes who are still unable to win medals for the Beijing 2022 Games.
Only the completion of this case will allow the International Skating Union to determine the final results of the team competition of the Olympics and the IOC to decide on the allocation of medals,” the IOC said.