LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva faces a potential four-year doping ban that would rule her out of the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Monday. .
CAS said it had registered an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said last week it was taking the case to the Swiss-based tribunal. WADA says Russian officials have made no progress in resolving the case of 16-year-old Valieva, nearly a year after she tested positive for a heart drug banned in sport.
The CAS statement says WADA is requesting that “the Athlete be sanctioned with a period of Ineligibility of four years from the date the CAS decision takes effect.” If granted, it would cover the next Olympics in Italy.
WADA also wants Valieva disqualified from all competitions since December 2021, when she gave a sample that later tested positive. That would include losing the gold medal she won in the team event at the Beijing Olympics in February when she was 15.
Pandemic-related delays at the Swedish lab processing Valieva’s sample meant the result was not revealed until after she won team gold. A previous CAS panel opted against a provisional suspension and allowed Valieva to continue skating in the individual event, where she placed fourth. Her age was a factor in the decision to let her skate.
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