Chairman of the Russian Bar Commission on Sports Law Sergey Alekseev told that he expects a fair decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the “case Kamila Valieva “without a political component.
On Tuesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) began closed-door hearings on appeals from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the International Skating Union (ISU) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). against the decision of RUSADA in the athlete’s case.
— We will examine the question of whether the entire team should be deprived of gold medals at the Beijing Games. It must be assumed that the small dose of trimetazidine, found a month and a half before the Olympic Games and eliminated in three days, could have no effect on the team championship; there should be no cancellation of the result. of the entire Russian team.
When making a decision, it is also worth taking into account that Kamila Valieva is a protected athlete. At the time of the alleged anti-doping rule violation, she was under 16 years of age, so much more lenient standards of proof should be applied in the process, and in the event that culpability, for example in the form of negligence, is established, then liability should also be lenient. That is to say from a warning to a disqualification of 2 years, and certainly not 4 years, as required by WADA.
We therefore hope that DAK RUSADA’s decision will be upheld. It is enough to limit yourself to a warning without canceling any result or disqualification. And if Valieva is found guilty, the sentence should not exceed two years of suspension. But, in my opinion, a warning is enough.
Taking into account the fact that each arbitrator, when beginning to consider the resolution of a dispute, signs a declaration of absence of conflict of interest and lack of interest, each of them is responsible for an impartial decision , fair and objective. Additionally, each referee has a certain rating and is not interested in abuse. We therefore expect a fair outcome of the case, as was the case in Beijing in February 2022, when, despite the participation of American and Anglo-Saxon representatives, the decision was in favor of our athlete. A child who, due to his age, is protected in many ways,” Alekseev told the correspondent.
Valieva at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing helped the Russian team win gold in the team competition. Before the personal tournament, it became known that the banned drug trimetazidine was found during the doping test of the figure skater of the Russian championship. In this regard, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) declared the results of the Olympic team tournament preliminary and postponed the award ceremony to the winners of the competition until the investigation into the matter is completed. The CAS admitted the Russian to the individual competitions of the Games, where she took fourth place.
In January, it became known that the anti-doping disciplinary committee of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (DAK RUSADA) canceled Valieva’s result at the 2022 Russian Championship and concluded that the skater committed a violation of anti-doping rules, but it was “not her fault or negligence. Subsequently, RUSADA, WADA and ISU appealed the decision of RUSADA’s CAD to CAS. WADA demands that the Russian be suspended for four years.
Source : MatchTV
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