— Published 5 May 2023

Further postponement in the Valieva case

Patience. According to TASS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing into the alleged doping case of young Russian skater Kamila Valieva (pictured above) should be postponed. In agreement with all parties involved – the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the International Skating Union (ISU) – it will not be held at the originally scheduled time of August 2023, but at a later date still to be determined. “The exchange of documents is ongoing, said the CAS press office. All parties have agreed to extend the usual deadlines for this phase of the proceedings. The date of the hearing will be determined at a later stage, once the lists of witnesses and experts have been filed. But it is unlikely that the hearing will take place before August 2023″. In April this year, the Lausanne-based court had announced that the appeals of WADA, RUSADA and ISU in the Valieva case had been consolidated into one proceeding. The likely postponement of the hearing, and by extension the CAS verdict, also postpones the IOC’s decision on the award of medals in the figure skating team event at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, which Russia won before the revelation of alleged doping by Kamila Valieva.