— Published 29 September 2022

Valieva hearings announced for October

The end of the Kamila Valieva soap opera finally seems to be near. According to Veronika Loginova, the head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the hearings on the results of the investigation into the young Russian skater after the doping affair at the Beijing 2022 Games are “provisionally” scheduled for October. The Russian leader explained this on Wednesday 28 September, on the sidelines of a forum entitled “Russia – A Sporting Power”, organised in the city of Kemerovo: “We have to respect a procedure for handling the results, which prevents us from giving a precise date. The investigation was about the personnel involved, including the management. The date for the announcement of the result is provisionally set for October.” Veronika Loginova said it was difficult at this stage of the case to predict the nature of a possible sanction, or length of suspension for the young skater. But surprisingly, she suggested that Kamila Valieva’s age – 15 at the time of the incident, now 16 – might lead RUSADA not to make the outcome of the hearings public. The Russian skater returned to competition last week in Moscow, as part of the Russian team’s national tests. According to the Russian media, her two programmes, short and free, are directly related to the doping case at the Beijing Games.