US Figure Skating Federation ‘deeply disappointed’ by postponement of CAS hearings in Valieva case

US Figure Skating Federation CEO Tracy Marek speaks out on postponement of Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearings in Russian case Kamila Valieva .

On Thursday, Lausanne hosted the third day of closed-door hearings on appeals by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the International Skating Union (ISU) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the decision of the RUSADA Anti-Doping Disciplinary Agency. Doping Committee (DAC) in the case of the athlete. At the end of the meeting, it was decided to postpone the hearings and resume them on November 9 and 10.

“American Figure Skating is deeply disappointed to learn of the delay in the CAS hearings.” We recognize the complexity and length of the legal process, but waiting nearly 600 days for a decision is undoubtedly another painful experience for our dedicated athletes.

“We emphasize the importance of transparency in this matter, as it has a significant impact on our athletes,” Marek said in a statement posted on the federation’s social media channels.

The CAS heard Valieva’s case on September 26, 27 and 28. A 17-year-old Russian girl participated in the hearings via video link.

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. The CAS admitted the Russian to the individual competitions of the Games, where she took fourth place. However, due to the investigation, the winners of the team tournaments have not yet been announced: the American team came second in these competitions.

In January, DAC RUSADA ruled that even if the athlete had committed an anti-doping rule violation, she bore “no fault or negligence”. Valieva avoided sanctions, except for the cancellation of her results on the date of sample collection – December 25, 2021. Subsequently, RUSADA, ISU and WADA filed appeals to the CAS, which were grouped into a single procedure.

Source : MatchTV

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