Figure Skater Kamila Valieva Update 22: Valieva’s crew under investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency
Figure Skater Kamila Valieva Update: The world’s top anti-doping authority will investigate the crew of 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, who tested positive for a banned drug, implicating her in a doping scandal at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Waliva, whose Olympic future will be decided after a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing at 8:30 pm. Beijing time (1230 GMT), he completed his clean run with ease through his short schedule in practice on Sunday.
Watching him from the sidelines were his three coaches, Eteri Tutberidze, Sergei Dudakov and Daniil Glichengauz, as well as team doctor Filipp Shvetsky and a physiotherapist.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said in a statement to Reuters on Sunday that it would ask its independent intelligence and investigative department to investigate the coaches, doctors and other adults surrounding the athlete.
Earlier, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it had formally asked WADA to launch an investigation. (Figure Skater Kamila Valieva Update)
WADA also said that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has indicated that it has already launched an investigation into the team as Valieva is a minor.
Valieva tested positive for a banned heart drug at her national championships last December, but it took her more than six weeks to be notified, allowing her to compete in Beijing.
Her future at the Games, and a gold for the Russian Olympic Committee in the team event, which she dominated on Monday, now hangs in the balance amid global outcry over Moscow’s doping history.
Tutberidze, Russia’s most sought-after figure skating coach, did not respond to emails from Reuters. (Figure Skater Kamila Valieva Update)
On Saturday, she said she was certain Valieva was “clean and innocent” in an interview with Russian state television.
At 15, Valieva is one of the youngest athletes to test positive at the Olympics, prompting outrage and questions about the role of adults around her and the continuing crisis of Russian doping in international sport.
The IOC established the Entrepreneurship Commission in 2010, with re-testing of samples from athletes in the 2000s as positive drug cases, especially from previous Olympics.
Russia’s state-backed doping scandal after the 2014 Sochi Olympics made it more apparent that athletes often did not act alone, but were supported by a network that included medics, coaches, agents, and family and friends.
The commission may sanction individuals for a number of violations including doping, non-playing conduct and harassment. Sanctions can range from reprimands to permanent boycotts from the Olympics. (Figure Skater Kamila Valieva Update)
On Sunday, however, it will be Waliva’s future in the games being debated. A three-judge panel for the CAS will hear the arguments of the IOC, WADA and the International Skating Union to reinstate the ban lifted by the Russian Anti-Doping Authority on February 9.
At stake is Valieva’s entry into the women’s singles event on Tuesday. The CAS has said that they will inform all the parties on Monday.
The fate of the gold medal not awarded for the women’s team event to be held on February 7 is likely to take longer to clear. The United States and Japan are also waiting for their medals.
“The athletes are a little disappointed that they have to wait for the medal ceremony to happen – they really worked very hard for that medal,” said Japan’s Chef de Mission Hidehito Ito. (Figure Skater Kamila Valieva Update)