The appeal is the latest chapter in a nine-month saga that has delayed the awarding of medals in the Olympic team figure skating event, which Valieva helped Russia win a day before her positive test came out. known to Olympic officials.
WADA rules require anti-doping agencies to hold hearings six months after a positive test, and although WADA officials didn’t push the Russians in late summer and early fall, they are increasingly exasperated by the delays.
While it’s unclear whether she held a hearing on Valieva’s case, RUSADA announced last month that she would not reveal the results regardless because she is underage. Shortly after, the AMA threatened to seize the CAS.
“Despite RUSADA’s formal notice to quickly resolve the Kamila Valieva case, no progress has been made,” WADA President Witold Banka said, announcing the appeal in a Twitter post.
Uncertainty over who will win the team gold medals has angered American skaters who finished second, several of whom complained directly to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach about the IOC’s decision not to not organize a ceremony in Beijing. Japan, which finished third, and Canada, which finished fourth, face similar uncertainty.
Valieva, then 15 years old, tested positive for trimetazidine – a heart drug often given to older patients but banned by the WADA because it can help sports performance – at the Russian Figure Skating Championships on December 25, 2021. But delays at the Swedish lab analyzing its sample prevented the ‘AMA to learn the results until February 7, the last day of the Olympic team event.
RUSADA provisionally suspended Valieva on February 8, but lifted the suspension the next day after Valieva and Russian Olympic officials raised questions about the lab’s delay in reporting test results, a delay the IOC said the IOC officials were due to coronavirus-related staffing shortages at the lab.