USOPC CEO called the decision on the Valieva case a victory for athletes around the world.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has disqualified Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva for 4 years. On December 25, 2021, she gave a positive doping sample for trimetazidine.
The period of Valieva’s disqualification is counted from December 25, 2021, the results of the athlete from this date are annulled.
CAS did not consider the issue of medals in the team event of the Olympics-2022, where Valieva took first place in the Russian national team. The second place was taken by the U.S. team.
The meeting of the International Skating Union (ISU) Council, which will decide on the result of the Olympic team event, will be held on February 7.
Today is a day we have been eagerly awaiting for two years, as it is a significant win not only for Team USA athletes but also for athletes worldwide who practice fair play and advocate for clean sport.
The incredible athletes of Team USA, including Evan Bates, Karen Chen, Nathan Chen, Madison Chock, Zachary Donohue, Brandon Frazier, Madison Hubbell, Alexa Knierim, Vincent Zhou, have displayed remarkable fortitude. Their outstanding performances in Beijing will forever symbolize their commitment to clean competition.
We take immense pride in the United States Figure Skating Team and their historic performance. Not only did they achieve their best-ever finish, score the highest number of points ever, and achieve firsts in three different disciplines, but they also embody the spirit and principles of the Olympic Movement.
We now anticipate the day when we can wholeheartedly celebrate these athletes, along with their peers from around the world. Their moment is approaching, and when it arrives, it will serve as a testament to the justice and recognition they truly deserve.Sarah Hirshland, head of the U.S. National Anti-Doping Committee, said in a statement.
Source – USOPC