Valieva disqualified in Olympic doping case

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In this filrKamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, reacts in the women’s team free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympic, in Beijing. (AP )

GENEVA, Jan 29, (AP): Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva was disqualified from the 2022 Olympics on Monday, almost two years after the teenager’s doping case caused turmoil at the Beijing Games.
The verdict from the Court of Arbitration for Sport means the Russians are set to be stripped of the gold medal in figure skating’s team event. The United States finished second and is set to be named Olympic champion instead.

The International Olympic Committee decided not to present any medals for the event in Beijing, where the then-15-year-old Valieva was the star performer hours before her positive test for a banned heart medicine was revealed.
The case provoked legal chaos at the Beijing Olympics because Valieva’s sample, taken six weeks earlier at the Russian national championships, was not notified as a positive test until Feb. 7, 2022, by a laboratory in Sweden which had staffing issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAS said it upheld appeals led by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which asked the court to disqualify Valieva from the Olympics and ban her. A Russian sports tribunal had cleared her of any blame, citing that she was a minor.
The CAS judges banned her for four years, until December 25, 2025 – about seven weeks before the next Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
The U.S. team took silver in Beijing and should be upgraded to gold. Japan took bronze and Canada placed fourth. The IOC is responsible for reallocating medals and its executive board is next scheduled to meet in March.

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