“I really think you just have to make a decision, and I would say not as much for us in Canada, because we were fourth in the event. But I really have sympathy for the U.S. and the Japanese who will never have the opportunity for a medal ceremony, not at the Olympics,” said Slipchuk, high performance director of Skate Canada.
The United States took silver, while Japan finished third, but no medals were presented at the event in Beijing.
“I feel for these athletes. I spoke with my colleagues in the United States, and it is difficult because it will soon be a year since the Games,” said Slipchuk.
WADA used its power to remove the cases from national federations and referred Russia’s doping case directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), arguing that the Russians were making no progress towards its resolution.
RUSADA, Russia’s anti-doping agency, said last month it was preparing to hold a hearing but the verdict would not be public because Valieva was only 15 when she tested positive.
Slipchuk expects the teams involved to hold some kind of podium ceremony when they finally receive their medals, but “they’re never the same, we’ve seen them, aren’t we, where they stand alone on a podium with their family and friends.
” And that’s a shame. But I’m glad it went to (CAS). I was surprised how the AMA moved it forward so quickly. It has to come to a conclusion. I hope there will be a decision as soon as possible. »
– With files from the Associated Press.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 10, 2022.
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press