The decision on whether Russian figure skater Valieva can continue to compete will be made within 24 hours

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The Russian Olympic Team figure skater Valieva tested positive for a drug in a sample given on December 25, 2021, the International inspection body (ITA) confirmed on February 11.After an appeal, the Russian Anti-Doping agency (RUSADA) lifted her provisional suspension and Valieva was allowed to continue to compete in the Games and train normally.However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) filed separate petitions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to reinstate the provisional bans.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it would confirm valieva’s participation in the women’s singles competition on Sunday within 24 hours, with a decision expected after 22:20 Beijing time today.11, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to the incident, said the positive doping test was a misunderstanding.”We absolutely support Camila Valieva.”The Russian Olympic Committee also voiced its support for Valieva and said it would take all possible measures to retain the team gold medal.”We believe this is all a misunderstanding,” Peskov told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday, according to Sputnik.”Our sports officials have questions about the processing time of valieva’s drug test sample.We are following up on these issues and concerns on behalf of our sports officials.””We absolutely support Camila Valieva and call on everyone else to do the same,” Peskov stressed. “Our message to Camila is, don’t cover your face, you are Russian, continue to walk proudly, and above all, continue to skate and beat everyone.”After the incident, the Russian Olympic Committee also actively support Valieva, said the team competition results should not be changed, will take all possible measures to keep the gold medal.”Considering that the positive doping test was not obtained during the Winter Olympics, valieva’s results at the Winter Olympics and in the team competition should not be automatically changed.”The Russian Olympic Committee said it would take all possible measures to safeguard the rights and interests of members of the Russian Olympic team and “protect the Olympic gold MEDALS won honestly”.The Committee also said it would conduct a full investigation and that “all important legal and practical facts related to the incident will be revealed”.Camila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee competes in the women’s single short program of figure skating team event at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, capital of China, Feb 6, 2018.Xinhua News Agency/Ma Ning On February 11, the International Doping Testing Agency (ITA) said that a drug test sample of Valieva taken on December 25, 2021 tested positive for Trimetazidine on February 8.Trimetazidine is a treatment for angina pectoris, but is banned by the World Anti-Doping Organization because it is a cardiometabolic modulator and has been shown to improve physical performance.After the results were released, the Russian Anti-doping Agency decided to suspend Valieva provisionally, which was lifted after Valieva appealed on September 9.At present, Valieva was allowed to continue to participate in the Winter Olympics, the 12 as normal training.However, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) challenged the decision and have now submitted it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which will confirm whether Valieva can continue to compete in the women’s singles competition on Thursday.Valieva is a strong contender for the title.One of the current disputes is over the timing of the announcement of Valieva’s positive test.Stanislav Poztnyakov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee, questioned the timing of valieva’s positive announcement.”The samples were taken in St. Petersburg on December 25,” he said.According to international standards, the processing time for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) laboratory is 20 days after receipt.Strangely, it took almost a month to get the samples from St. Petersburg to Stockholm.This is a serious matter.There is a strong possibility that someone deliberately kept the samples until the end of the team competition.”The Russian Olympic Committee also said valieva had taken several tests around December 25, all of which were negative.”Around December 25, 2021, Valieva underwent multiple doping tests, including at figure skating competitions in Beijing.All the results were negative.”But RUSADA, Russia’s anti-doping agency, said: “The delay in laboratory analysis and reporting is due to an increase in the morbidity of laboratory staff due to another wave of COVID-19, as well as quarantine regulations.”Figure skaters training for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on February 12, valieva participated in the training as normal.In addition, why the test was positive is also an important question.Dmitry Sveshev, chairman of the State Duma’s sports committee, told reporters that Valieva herself would not knowingly use doping and would have to wait for the court of Arbitration for Sport’s ruling.Sports lawyer Aljom Patsev also said valieva found a tiny dose of the banned drug trimetazidine.Which means she didn’t mean to take it, she got it in with something else.It is reported that the team event award ceremony has not been held due to “legal issues” and the final ownership of the MEDALS is pending a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).The gold medal went to Russia, the silver to the United States, the bronze to Japan and the fourth place to Canada.After the incident, the United States said it would impose criminal sanctions on those involved.Travis Tigert, the president of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), said the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act could be used to bring criminal liability against those at fault in Valieva’s case if it harms American athletes, CNN reported.The Rodchenkov Act, signed by former PRESIDENT Donald Trump, can be used by U.S. courts to impose criminal sanctions against individuals for doping in competitions involving U.S. athletes, including up to 10 years in prison and fines of $250,000 for individuals and $1 million for organizations.Leonite Slutsky, head of the Russian Duma’s international affairs committee, hit back, saying the US had started hyping up the Valieva case and such politicisation of sport should not be allowed.He stressed that the Winter Olympics, “the United States has been everywhere hyped with political scandal.”The Rodchenkov act was “another clear example of the US using extraterritorial law”, akin to threatening other countries not to engage with Russia.He stressed that such laws are tools of manipulation and pressure and cannot allow sports to be politicized.Valieva is only 15 years old under the World Anti-Doping Code, which protects athletes under the age of 16.But according to regulations, when a minor is involved in doping violations, her entourage, including her coach and team doctor, must be investigated.The Russian Anti-doping Agency has opened an investigation into the people who worked around Valieva.This article is an exclusive article, shall not be reproduced without authorization.