Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva was disqualified from the 2022 Olympics. Check out Why Kamila Valieva banned

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva given four-year ban for doping

Valieva tested positive for a banned heart medication during the 2022 Winter Games, and later said she must have suffered accidental contamination by tablets her grandfather claimed he took.

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva has received a four-year doping suspension, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday, effectively stripping the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) of its gold medal in the team event from the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

“Kamila Valieva is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation and sanctioned with a four-year period of ineligibility commencing on 25 December 2021,” the Lausanne-based court said in a statement.

The court added that all competitive results achieved since that date are voided, including the gold medal she helped ROC win in the team event at the 2022 Games.

Valieva’s positive test for a banned heart medication was revealed only after she helped the Russians win Olympic team gold in Beijing – and more than six weeks after the sample was taken at the national championship she won in St Petersburg.

The testing laboratory in Stockholm, Sweden, cited staffing issues during the Covid-19 pandemic for the delayed result.

No medals in the team event were ever awarded in Beijing, where the United States took silver, Japan the bronze and Canada placed fourth. They are in line to be upgraded now Valieva is disqualified.

She placed fourth in the women’s event with a mistake-filled free programme under intense scrutiny and pressure. A previous CAS panel meeting in Beijing had allowed her to continue competing despite the positive test.

A panel of CAS judges heard three days of testimony in September and two more in November. Valieva testified by video link from Russia.

The World Anti-Doping Agency requested a ban through to December 2025.

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva given four-year ban for doping

Valieva has not skated internationally since Beijing because of an International Skating Union ban on Russians competing, following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

“CAS has agreed with our position, which we are pleased with.”

In his response to the CAS decision, WADA President Witold Banka said the doping of minors should be a criminal offence.

“Anyone who dopes children should be in prison,” Banka said in a statement, opens new tab.

“We encourage governments to consider criminalizing the supply of performance-enhancing drugs to minors.”

Russian athletes already faced scrutiny at the 2022 Games over separate doping sanctions and competed in Beijing as ROC athletes, without their flag or national anthem as punishment for tampering with laboratory data that could have identified drug cheats.

By Rishabh

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