— Published 15 February 2022

WADA disappointed with CAS decision

Anything but a surprise. Only a few hours after the announcement of the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on the Kamila Valieva case, the “beaten” of the day reacted. At the top of the list was the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which had filed an appeal with CAS along with the IOC and ISU. In a statement, WADA said it had “taken note” of the decision. It said it was “disappointed by today’s ruling of the CAS Ad Hoc Division”, and noted that the panel of three judges hearing the case “decided not to apply the terms of the Code, which does not allow for specific exceptions to be made in relation to mandatory provisional suspensions for ‘protected persons’, including minors.” WADA also states that, according to its information, RUSADA had not indicated the sample concerned as a priority for analysis when the Stockholm anti-doping laboratory received it. Finally, the Montreal-based agency announced that its independent “Intelligence and Investigations” department would be looking into the role played by the young Russian skater’s entourage in this doping case.