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World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) calls for four-year doping ban for Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva in a court case, which would rule him out of the next Winter Olympics in 2026.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which is handling Valiyeva’s case, said on Monday that WADA wants Valiyeva banned for four years from the date the court’s decision takes effect, in addition to disqualify all of his results dating back to last Christmas, the date he tested positive for a banned heart drug.

Last week, the president of WADA Witold Banka tweeted that WADA took Valiyeva’s case to CAS after the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) failed to meet WADA’s November 4 deadline to issue a verdict on Valiyeva’s case.

The CAS verdict is generally final and binding, except for the right to appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal within 30 days on very limited procedural grounds.

The CAS process, which has begun, includes appointing a three-member panel of arbitrators and scheduling a hearing.

Valiyeva, then 15, was the favorite for the February Olympics. After helping a team of Russian skaters win the team event, news of the positive test surfaced. The medal ceremony for the team event has been postponed indefinitely. The medals have still not been awarded and will not be until Valiyeva’s case is judged. The United States initially placed second and could be promoted to gold if Valiyeva’s Olympic results are disqualified.

After the positive test emerged, Valiyeva was cleared to compete in the individual event after a RUSADA anti-doping disciplinary committee lifted her suspension on appeal by the skater.

The committee cited, among other reasons, a “low” amount of the banned substance in Valiyeva’s sample, that she tested negative before and after the December 25 test, and that as an athlete under the age of 16, she had less than a burden of proof.

Anti-doping rules provide that athletes under 16 may face less severe penalties for doping violations than those 16 and over, including a reprimand rather than a suspension.

The International Olympic Committee, WADA and the International Skating Union then appealed the lifting of RUSADA’s suspension to CAS, which ruled that Valiyeva could compete in the Olympics while her case was still pending. judgement.

Valiyeva dominated the Olympic short program, then struggled in the free skate and finished fourth overall.

The CAS panel largely based its February decision on an ‘unsustainable delay’ in processing Valiyeva’s sample test results by a lab in Stockholm, which led to a short time to rule on her eligibility. Olympic during the Games. “This case did not involve the alleged underlying anti-doping rule violation and the panel takes no position on it,” he said in February.

All Russian figure skaters have been banned from international competition since February due to the nation’s invasion of Ukraine.

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