The press service of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) commented on the course of hearings in the case of Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, which are held on November 9-10 at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.
The hearings on Valiyeva’s case at CAS were supposed to end on September 28. However, the court postponed the end of the process until November 10 due to the need to prepare additional documentation.
“Yesterday and today RUSADA’s results processing specialists are taking part in the hearings in an online format. RUSADA’s main task is to protect the rights of clean athletes and defend the agency’s position, which is to ensure compliance with anti-doping rules by all persons specified in the World Anti-Doping Code. Preparation for hearings, whether it is the National Center for Sports Arbitration or CAS, for each case is very thorough: lawyers check a lot of documents, interview protocols, research, data from laboratories.
Yes, the case that is currently being considered by CAS is a high-profile one. We are regularly approached by representatives of the Russian and international media for comments. And time after time we say that we cannot give any comments due to the fact that the case concerns a protected person. The hearings last a long time, yesterday it was six hours, but we very much hope that today everything will be completed and we will be waiting for a fair court decision just like all other participants of the process,” TASS quoted a representative of RUSADA’s press service as saying.
Recall, the positive result of the doping test Valiyeva, taken on December 25, 2021 at the Russian Championships, became known after Kamila helped the Russian national team to win the Olympic team tournament in Beijing. The award was postponed pending the outcome of the investigation.