The referees allowed Kamil Valiyev to participate in the Olympics

Kamila Valieva from Russia has received permission to participate in the Olympics in Beijing. Photo by Richard Ellis / UPI | Photo license

February 13 (UPI) – Referees on Monday allowed Russian figure skating star Kamil Valiyev to compete in the Beijing Olympics after she was thrown into the center of a doping scandal last week.

The Sports Arbitration Court ruled after a closed video hearing that lasted several hours on Sunday night and ended on Monday, the day before the women’s figure skating competition. The teenager is the overwhelming favorite to win gold in singles.

The committee rejected appeals by the International Olympic Committee, the International Skaters Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency to overturn a Russian anti-doping decision to allow Valieva to compete after she tested positive for trimetazidine, a banned heart drug.

У his rulingThe CAS said the 15-year-old’s exclusion from the Olympics “would cause her irreparable harm” and stressed Valieva’s status as a “protected person” as recommended by the World Anti-Doping Agency because of her age.

The decision also pointed to a long delay in testing the sample, which was taken in December at the Russian Figure Skating Championships in St. Petersburg, saying “such a late announcement was not her fault.”

“The Commission has considered the fundamental principles of fairness, proportionality, irreparable harm and the relative balance of interests between applicants and athletes who did not perform well during the Beijing Olympics and are still subject to substantive disciplinary action after a positive anti-doping test report.”

The Russian Olympic Committee praised the decision. said on Twitter that “we will support her along with the whole country” when she will perform in singles on Tuesday.

Valieva led the Russians to team gold in the team figure skating competition on February 7, becoming the first woman to take quad biking at the Olympics.

However, questions began to circulate when the award ceremony took place the competition was postponed On Tuesday, due to an uncertain “legal problem”, it was later revealed that Valieva had not taken a drug test.

Russia’s anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA, fired Valiyev on Tuesday, but overturned its decision the following day after an appeal, sparking claims from the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Skaters Union.

“In conclusion, the board determined that permission to lift the suspension was appropriate,” the CAS ruling said Monday.

The decision to allow Valieva to continue participating in the Games was condemned by the Olympic and Paralympic Committees of the United States, which said it was “disappointed” by the “message” they are sending.

“The collective responsibility of the entire Olympic community is to protect the integrity of the sport and to support our athletes, coaches and all participants to the highest standards,” said Sarah Hirschland, the committee’s executive director. statement. “Athletes have the right to know that they are competing on equal playing conditions. Unfortunately, this right is being denied today.”

“This seems to be another section in the systematic and widespread disregard for pure sport by Russia,” she added.

Russian athletes are participating in the second Olympics in a row under the neutral flag, as the country is still barred from participating in the Games due to a systematic, state-funded doping program. However, athletes who can prove that they are “pure” are allowed to participate.

The World Anti-Doping Agency also said it was “disappointed” by the ruling, but added that an investigation into the coaches, coaches and doctors surrounding the teenage athlete would continue.

“If a minor is involved in an anti-doping case, there is a requirement to investigate the support staff of this athlete,” – said in a statement. “RUSADA has already stated that it has started this process. In addition, WADA’s independent Intelligence and Investigation Department will review it. ”

While Valieva is allowed to participate in the singles, the results of the team standings are still suspended.

The CAS “did not require a decision on the merits of the case, as well as a study of the legal implications of the results of the team competition in figure skating, as such issues will be considered in another process,” the court said. The referees allowed Kamil Valiyev to participate in the Olympics

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