Written by Teena Marian
14 Feb, 2022 | 4:02 pm
(News 1st); Kamila Valieva can take part again at the Winter Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) decided that no provisional suspension should be imposed on the 15-year-old after she failed a drugs test.
The CAS stated that preventing the Russian figure skater from competing would have caused her “irreparable harm”.
Furthermore, they stated that she is under 16 and a protected person under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The Sport’s Highest Court, said “serious issues of untimely notification of the results” of the failed test – which came during the Games and nearly six weeks after she gave the sample had also played a part in its decision.
“Such late notification was not her fault, in the middle of the Olympic Winter Games,” the ruling said.
She had already competed and helped the Russian Olympic Committee to victory in the team event, although the medals for that will not be handed out until the full anti-doping case is addressed.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), (WADA) and International Skating Union launched an appeal against Rusada’s decision to lift the provisional suspension, which is what CAS has now turned down.
According to the international media she is now free to compete on Tuesday in the women’s individual figure skating competition, where she is favourite for gold.
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