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Anti-doping chief threatens Russian officers over Valieva case

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WADA president Witold Banka commented on the ‘delay’ within the investigation of the Russian determine skater

The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Witold Banka, has warned Russian officers that his group may take motion over “delays” within the case involving Olympic determine skating champion Kamila Valieva.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) introduced final month that it had concluded its investigation into the circumstances surrounding Valieva’s constructive check for banned coronary heart drug trimetazidine.

RUSADA president Veronika Loginova mentioned the matter would transfer to a listening to at a disciplinary anti-doping committee (DAC), which might possible happen in October.

However, RUSADA final week introduced that it didn’t intend to make particulars of the case public, citing the 16-year-old Valieva’s standing as a “protected person” due to her age.

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In a social media message on Thursday, WADA president Banka acknowledged that the group would pursue the case at the next stage if there have been additional “delays.”

“WADA is concerned with the ongoing delay in Kamila Valieva’s case and has now put RUSADA under formal notice that unless the matter is resolved promptly it will use its right to take it directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,” wrote the Polish official.

Valieva examined constructive for trimetazidine in a pattern collected on the Russian championships final December.

The pattern was analyzed at a WADA-accredited laboratory in Stockholm, Sweden, however the constructive end result was solely reported after Valieva had helped Russia win gold within the determine skating group occasion on the Beijing Winter Olympics in February.

The scandal dominated the Beijing Games, however Valieva was cleared to compete within the particular person occasion by an emergency Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) listening to.

Despite being the robust favourite for gold and world document factors holder for her routines, Valieva completed a disappointing fourth general because the stress of her case clearly took its toll.

Valieva’s group – which incorporates revered coach Eteri Tutberidze – have vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

It was argued at their CAS listening to in February that the constructive pattern might have come by way of contamination from treatment her grandfather was taking.

Russian Olympic officers have additionally mentioned Valieva handed plenty of different doping checks, whereas questions have been requested in regards to the delay within the WADA laboratory reporting her constructive check end result.

Valieva and her compatriots are at the moment banned from official competitions by the International Skating Union (ISU) due to the battle in Ukraine.

Russian officers have as a substitute organized a Grand Prix sequence inside their nation as compensation.

Valieva gained the opening stage of the sequence in Moscow final weekend, and has unveiled new packages this season which draw upon the theme of her Olympic controversy.

Should Valieva be sanctioned in the investigation, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) may stand to lose the gold medal it gained within the group occasion in Beijing, the place the USA completed second, Japan got here third, and Canada completed fourth.

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