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Russian skater Valieva could miss 2026 Olympics over doping, says Court of Arbitration for Sport

Russian determine skater Kamila Valieva faces a possible four-year doping ban which might rule her out of the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Court of Arbitration for Sport stated Monday.

CAS stated it had registered an attraction from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which stated final week it was taking the case to the Switzerland-based tribunal. WADA argues Russian officers haven’t made progress in resolving the 16-year-old Valieva’s case almost a 12 months after she examined optimistic for a coronary heart remedy banned in sports activities.

The CAS assertion stated WADA is in search of “the athlete be sanctioned with a four-year interval of ineligibility beginning on the date on which the CAS award enters into drive.” If granted, that might cowl the following Olympics in Italy.

WADA additionally needs Valieva to be disqualified from all competitions since December 2021, when she gave a pattern which later examined optimistic. That would come with dropping the gold medal she gained within the staff occasion on the Beijing Olympics in February, when she was 15.

Pandemic-related delays on the Swedish laboratory processing Valieva’s pattern meant the end result was solely revealed after she had gained the staff gold. A earlier CAS panel opted in opposition to a provisional suspension and allowed Valieva to maintain skating within the particular person occasion, the place she positioned fourth. Her age was an element within the choice to let her skate.

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Even although Russian skaters are nonetheless banned from competing in ISU occasions as a result of conflict, there are nonetheless a lot of updates across the nationwide staff.

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