— Published 23 February 2023

ISU joins WADA in the Valieva case

The Kamila Valieva case is gaining momentum at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). After the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Skating Union (ISU) announced that it too has filed an appeal against the decision of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) disciplinary committee to clear the young Russian skater of doping charges. “The ISU has conducted a full review of the decision and RUSADA’s file and has decided to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, said a statement from the body. The ISU believes that all young athletes must be protected from doping. Such protection cannot be achieved by exempting them from sanctions”. Like WADA, the ISU is asking CAS to impose a period of suspension on the young skater, the 2021 world champion, and the annulment of all her results as of December 25, 2021. But, unlike the anti-doping agency, it does not formalize a request for suspension, specifying that it must be “at the discretion of CAS“. WADA, for its part, suggested in its appeal a four-year suspension. In its statement, the ISU also asks the Lausanne-based court to “decide the consequences of the anti-doping rule violation committed by Kamila Valieva and determine the final results of the figure skating team event at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games“. One year after the competition, won on the ice by Russian skaters wearing the colors of their National Olympic Committee (ROC), the Olympic medals have still not been distributed.