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The controversy surrounding the 16-year-old figure skater’s positive test

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Russian Anti–Doping Agency disciplinary tribunal has found that teen Olympic figure Skater Kamila Valieve committed an anti-doping rule violation but has chosen not to discipline her. World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) said they are, “concerned by the finding of ‘no fault or negligence’ and will not hesitate to exercise its right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as appropriate.” which would then make a final decision on Valieva’s punishment and eligibility to compete, WADA said in the statement.
WADA and ISU (International Skating Union) have to appeal this decision for the sake of the credibility of the anti-doping system.
Travis Tygart, Chief Executive Officer at the United States Anti-Doping Agency said “The world can’t possibly accept the self-serving decision by RUSUDA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency), which has been a key instrument of the Russian state–sponsored doping fraud and is non-compliance with world anti-doping code.”
Eleven months ago Russia won the gold medal, and the united states won the silver medal followed by Japan which won the Bronze. Valieva, the star of the Russian team, tested positive for the banned substance.
Another CAS (Court of Arbitration of Sport) panel that convened the Beijing Olympics allowed Valieva to continue to compete in the women’s competition, stating the fact that Valieva was a “protected person” under WADA rules.
Skating under the Olympic scandal, Valieva, stumbled to fourth place.
Staff Reporter