This comes after CAS obtained a 3rd utility, filed by the Worldwide Skating Union (ISU), relating to the case of the 15-year-old Valieva, who examined optimistic for the banned coronary heart drug trimetazidine in December.
The Worldwide Testing Company (ITA) — on behalf of the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) and the ISU — mentioned on Friday they’d be interesting the Russian Anti-Doping Company’s (RUSADA) choice to elevate a provisional suspension on Valieva.
Based on CAS, a choice on what sanctions Valieva may face can be made on Monday afternoon.
Valieva is because of compete within the quick program of the ladies’s singles occasion on Tuesday.
Russian Sports activities Minister Oleg Matytsin mentioned on Saturday that he had been involved with Valieva and reiterated an identical message of assist that the president of the Determine Skating Federation of Russia, Olympic champion Alexander Gorshkov, had additionally conveyed on Saturday.
“Yesterday and the day earlier than yesterday, I spoke with Kamila,” Matystin mentioned. “She is a really sturdy particular person, regardless of her younger age. There’s optimism and vitality in her voice, which more and more convinces us that she is harmless.
“We’re doing every thing to guard the pursuits of our athlete and all of our sports activities. I hope for an goal consideration of the case. We are going to give assessments primarily based on the outcomes.
“There are two parts, one among which is the query of Kamila’s suspension. We hope that this is not going to occur. And the second part is an evaluation of this complete course of. We hope that each one the circumstances of this story, together with age, can be taken into consideration.”
Fifteen-year-old Valieva, a breakout star of the Video games who helped the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) take residence gold in Monday’s determine skating workforce occasion, was allowed to compete regardless of testing optimistic for trimetazidine, which is usually used to deal with folks with angina, the ITA mentioned in a press release.
The failed take a look at solely got here to mild throughout the Winter Olympics, and it stays unclear if the drug take a look at controversy will see the medal revoked.
The scandal continues to delay the awarding of medals to all three groups, silver for Group USA and bronze for Group Japan.
“The choice on the outcomes of the ROC workforce within the Group Determine Skating occasion may be taken … solely after a remaining choice on the total deserves of the case has been taken,” the ITA mentioned.
Responding to the controversy, the ROC mentioned Valieva had “repeatedly handed doping assessments” whereas already in Beijing, including that it’s taking measures to maintain Valieva’s “truthfully received” gold.
“The doping take a look at of an athlete who examined optimistic doesn’t apply to the interval of the Olympic Video games. On the identical time, the athlete repeatedly handed doping assessments earlier than and after December 25, 2021, together with whereas already in Beijing throughout the determine skating event. All the outcomes are destructive,” the ROC assertion mentioned.
“The Russian Olympic Committee is taking complete measures to guard the rights and pursuits of the members of the ROC Group, and to maintain the truthfully received Olympic gold medal.”
Why was Valieva allowed to compete?
The ITA, which leads the anti-doping program for the Beijing Winter Olympics, mentioned Valieva’s drug pattern was taken on the Russian Determine Skating Championships in Saint Petersburg on December 25.
Nevertheless, it took till February eight for a laboratory in Sweden to report it had detected a banned substance — someday after the ROC received gold on the workforce occasion in Beijing.
Hormone and metabolic modulators are a category of medication banned by WADA attributable to proof of athletes utilizing them for efficiency enhancement, as they will enhance blood circulation and enhance endurance.
Valieva was instantly given a provisional suspension by Russia’s Anti-Doping Company (RUSADA), which mechanically prohibits athletes from participation in all sports activities.
The determine skater challenged the suspension on February 9 and, at a listening to that very same day, RUSADA determined to elevate the provisional ban — permitting her to proceed competing on the Olympics, in line with the ITA.
At 15, Valieva is a minor and subsequently thought-about a “Protected Individual” below the World Anti-Doping Code, which implies her identify doesn’t should be disclosed to the general public.
The ITA mentioned it launched her identification following media studies naming her primarily based on “unofficial info,” and the ITA mentioned it “acknowledges the need for official info attributable to heightened public curiosity.”
IOC ‘wanting on the entourage’
Russian athletes are unable to compete within the Olympics below their nation’s identify attributable to sanctions from the IOC and WADA because of the nation’s “systemic manipulation” of anti-doping guidelines throughout the 2014 Sochi Video games.
Based on the Olympic web site that fee “advises the IOC Session, the IOC Government Board and the IOC President on supporting and defending clear athletes.”
“We realized a while in the past that is very, crucial that the entire folks, the coaches, medical doctors and everybody across the athlete — it is essential that they’ve their accountability too,” mentioned Adams on Friday.
“And by the best way, we do not simply take a look at athletes concerned in these instances, we do take a look at the entourage. It is extremely essential, however I actually do not need to converse a lot additional on this matter as a result of it strays into discussing the case and I am unable to try this I am afraid.”
On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned there was a “misunderstanding” over Valieva’s optimistic take a look at as he supplied full-throated assist to the determine skater.
“Now we have nice respect for each WADA and the IOC,” Peskov instructed reporters on a convention name.
“They’re coping with this example in the meanwhile. Let’s not rush, let’s look ahead to the completion of the proceedings and the choice of the IOC. For now, all of us assist our Kamila Valieva and need her success.”
Requested if the Kremlin had any questions for Russian sports activities officers over the state of affairs, Peskov mentioned: “The Kremlin has no questions in the meanwhile. The Kremlin has an attraction to everybody: let’s wait. Our sports activities officers are doing their job.
“We’re satisfied that there was some type of misunderstanding. Our sports activities officers have questions in regards to the timing of testing Valieva’s samples … however we don’t remark and don’t need to touch upon the state of affairs, we’re ready for the completion of the proceedings.”
CNN’s Rebecca Wright, Christine Brennan and Nathan Hodge contributed reporting.