Russian determine skater Kamila Valieva has obtained a four-year doping suspension, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) stated on Monday, successfully stripping the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) of its gold medal within the workforce occasion 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 courtroom stated in a press release.
The courtroom added that every one aggressive outcomes achieved since that date are voided, together with the gold medal she helped ROC win within the workforce occasion on the 2022 Games.
Valieva’s optimistic take a look at for a banned coronary heart medicine was revealed solely after she helped the Russians win Olympic workforce gold in Beijing – and greater than six weeks after the pattern was taken on the nationwide championship she gained in St Petersburg. The testing laboratory in Stockholm, Sweden, cited staffing points through the Covid-19 pandemic for the delayed end result.
No medals within the workforce occasion had been ever awarded in Beijing, the place the United States took silver, Japan the bronze and Canada positioned fourth. They are in line to be upgraded now Valieva is disqualified.
Valieva’s defence was that her optimistic take a look at was brought on by unintentional contamination – possibly from a glass or plate – by tablets her grandfather claimed he took.
She positioned fourth within the ladies’s occasion with a mistake-filled free programme underneath intense scrutiny and strain. A earlier CAS panel assembly in Beijing had allowed her to proceed competing regardless of the optimistic take a look at.
A panel of CAS judges heard three days of testimony in September and two extra in November. Valieva testified by video hyperlink from Russia.
The World Anti-Doping Agency requested a ban by to December 2025.
Valieva has not skated internationally since Beijing due to an International Skating Union ban on Russians competing, following the nation’s invasion of Ukraine.