Hearing over Olympic skater Kamila Valieva doping case suspended

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A listening to into the alleged doping by Russian determine skater Kamila Valieva that impacts outcomes of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing was suspended till November by the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport, with the panel saying Thursday it wanted “additional documentation.”

Valieva wowed within the group competitors on the Olympics, with the then-15-year-old main Russia’s delegation to the gold medal. The USA, Japan and Canada completed subsequent in line.

However in the course of the Video games, it was revealed she examined constructive for the banned substance trimetazidine on Dec. 25, 2021, when her pattern was collected on the Russian championships. It’s a coronary heart drug that may enhance endurance.

The medal ceremony in Beijing was canceled, with not one of the athletes from the USA or Japan but to obtain their medals. Ought to the Russians be disqualified, Canada would slide into the bronze medal place, with the People profitable gold and the Japanese silver.

The listening to in entrance of the panel started Tuesday. The World Anti-Doping Company is interesting the willpower of the Russian Anti-Doping Company that Valieva wasn’t negligent or at fault within the findings.

The listening to was scheduled to restart on Nov. 9 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Worldwide Skating Union needs the panel to find out the winner of the group competitors in Beijing.

Tracy Marek, the CEO of U.S Determine Skating, reacted to the delay in a press release.

“Whereas we acknowledge the inherent complexities and time necessities of authorized processes, the almost 600-day wait with no decision is undeniably one other painful setback for our devoted athletes,” Marek stated. “We emphasize the significance of transparency on this matter, because it significantly impacts our athletes.”

A kind of athletes is Vincent Zhou, who represented the United State within the group occasion and got here house with an empty field as an alternative of a medal. He has been ready to fill it with both a gold or silver medal.

“I do not assume any of us thought that it will take this lengthy to resolve what was a seemingly black and white case, however right here we’re. And it nonetheless feels each bit as surreal because it did on day one,” Zhou advised CNN.