Doping: Valieva’s case lifts the curtain on behind-the-scenes sports games

Valieva’s case began on Wednesday, when a decision was made to postpone the awards ceremony for team skaters. The only explanation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was of a legal nature.

Then we found out on a specialized site Insidethegames.biz that all this was due to the positive doping control of Kamila Valieva. On Friday, the international body responsible for control (ITA) during the Olympic Games confirmed that on December 25 at the Russian Championships in St. Petersburg, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency tested positive for a young ROC skater (RUSADA).

Curiously, the Russian anti-doping control agency reportedly received a positive result only on February 8, the day after his team’s victory. She then immediately suspends the delinquent young skater, awaiting her explanation, which will take place the next day.

Valieva’s petition is being heard, and after her explanations, which will be made public later, RUSADA decides to remove the suspension. This decision allows the skater to continue participating in the Games, as she is the main favorite for Olympic gold in singles.

but IOC does not want to wait for the report of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and declares that he will appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS), because it is absolutely necessary to make a decision before February 15, the date of the free program for the girls.

So much for facts.

Radio-Canada has learned that TAS could not make an immediate decision on the results of the tests, which would have been carried out more than 10 days before the opening ceremony of the Games.

in TAS also could not make a decision on the merits, arguing that he did not have the authority to do so. in IOCWorld Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)WADA) and the International Skating Federation (UIS), who applied in this case, cannot force TAS deliver a verdict.

The Tribunal may also refer to the provisionsWADA make your decision. If an athlete is under 16 years of age, they will not necessarily be liable in the event of a positive test result. Moreover, his identity is not allowed to be revealed, in which case he cannot be sanctioned.

The plaque with the name of the court is screwed to the wire mesh.

The building of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.

Photo: AFP/FABRICE COFFRINI

The Russian Olympic Committee came to the defense of Kamila Valieva

The ROC said in a statement that after Kamila Valieva’s positive result, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency immediately suspended the athlete pending an explanation. During the hearing, she convinced Russian anti-doping officials, who decided to lift the ban.

Thus, at present, an athlete has the right to fully train and compete without restriction until the Court of Arbitration for Sport decides otherwise regarding his status in relation to the Olympics.– the message of the ROC says.

2022, ainsi que son test antidopage, effectué pendant les Jeux olympiques, ont donné un résultat négatif. Le ROC part également du fait qu’une enquête approfondie sera menée, à la suite de laquelle toutes les circonstances juridiques et factuelles pertinentes de l’incident seront établies.”,”text”:”Le Comité olympique russe attire l’attention sur le fait que le test antidopage de l’athlète, effectué après les Championnats d’Europe de patinage artistique en janvier2022, ainsi que son test antidopage, effectué pendant les Jeux olympiques, ont donné un résultat négatif. Le ROC part également du fait qu’une enquête approfondie sera menée, à la suite de laquelle toutes les circonstances juridiques et factuelles pertinentes de l’incident seront établies.”}}”>The Russian Olympic Committee draws attention to the fact that the doping test of the athlete, conducted after the European Figure Skating Championships in January 2022, as well as his doping test conducted during the Olympics, gave a negative result. The ROC also assumes that a thorough investigation will be carried out, as a result of which all the relevant legal and factual circumstances of the incident will be established.he added.

Worthy sports exploits, backstage games less …

In this whole case, there will not necessarily be a history of doping. But there is no doubt that the environment of the young figure skater could have been more vigilant and warned the authorities responsible for anti-doping control at the Russian championships that Valieva was taking a drug containing a substance prohibited by WADA.

One might also be surprised at the unexpected delay of the Swedish laboratory that controlled the test. If the test was done on December 25th, why did RADA only get a positive result on February 8th?

In this regard, although the delay raises serious questions for the ROC, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency qualified the conspiracy idea, clarifying to AFP that the Stockholm laboratory substantiated delays in analysis and announcement of results due to spike in COVID-19 cases.

That it took almost six weeks before Valieva’s positive test became known is a catastrophic failure of a system designed to protect the integrity of the Games and the clean athletes who competedTravis Tygart, head of the American Anti-Doping Agency, told AFP.USADA)

That it took so long with this level of competition is a catastrophic failure of the system. it’s unforgivablehe scored.

However, there are other actors in the shadow of this foggy file.

Athletes on the podium greet the audience.

Despite the positive doping test of Kamila Valieva, the expert does not see how the ROC will be deprived of the gold medal in the team figure skating competition.

Photo: Getty Images / Matthew Stockman

According to our data, there are internal disagreements between the various skating federations. Something similar happened at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002, where collusion was proven between the countries claiming the medals, which agreed that their athletes would rise to the podium. Everyone remembers the Sale-Pelletier case, the pair of Canadian skaters who paid the price for these arrangements before regaining Olympic glory.

Well, let’s continue agreements between friends. But there, in the face of Russian domination, perhaps other solutions had to be found. And here questions arise. How is it that the press knew about it before the ISU, IOCIITA AndWADA what was the positive? That it was Kamila Valieva? And that even the product name was revealed?

You should be careful. If a young ROC skater is sanctioned, the team will not necessarily lose their gold medal. In an interview with France 24, Parisian lawyer and anti-doping specialist Pierre-Olivier Rocchi explained: In this situation, not provided for by the texts, I do not see how the team can be deprived of their gold medal. Unlike the rules of athletics, which sanction the entire relay if the runner has previously tested positive, the rules of the International Skating Union only provide for collective disqualification in the event of an in-competition control.

This case is not simple. This mainly concerns a 15-year-old girl, probably taken hostage by a terrible story that she cannot do. Great sports competitions and incredible achievements during the Games. But sometimes we can see that there are fewer of them behind the scenes.

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