Skate Canada high performance director happy to see movement in doping case of Russia’s Valieva


Mike Slipchuk is happy to lastly see movement on the controversial workforce determine skating occasion ultimately yr’s Beijing Olympics.

But he laments the misplaced moment on the medal podium for all of the affected skaters.

The World Anti-Doping Agency stated Tuesday it despatched the Beijing Olympics case of teenage determine skater Kamila Valieva to sport’s highest court docket, accusing Russian officers of making no progress towards resolving it.

In one of the most important scandals of the Beijing Games, Valieva helped Russia win gold earlier than discovering out a couple of optimistic doping take a look at. Canada was fourth, which means if Russia’s outcomes are worn out, the Canadians will transfer up to bronze.

“I actually assume it simply wants to come to a call, and I might say not as a lot for us in Canada, as a result of we have been fourth in the occasion. But I actually really feel for the U.S. and the Japanese who won’t ever ever have that chance of a medal ceremony, not at an Olympic Games,” stated Slipchuk, Skate Canada’s high performance director.

The United States captured silver, whereas Japan was third, however no medals have been introduced in the occasion in Beijing.

“I do really feel for these athletes. I’ve talked with my colleagues in the U.S., and it is exhausting as a result of it is now virtually going to be a yr for the reason that Games,” Slipchuk stated.

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Even although Russian skaters are nonetheless banned from competing in ISU occasions due to the struggle, there are nonetheless loads of updates across the nationwide workforce.

WADA used its energy to take away circumstances from nationwide federations and despatched the Russia doping case instantly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), arguing the Russians have been making no progress towards resolving it.

RUSADA, the Russian anti-doping company, stated final month it was getting ready to maintain a listening to however that the decision would not be public as a result of Valieva was simply 15 when she examined optimistic.

Slipchuk expects the affected groups to maintain podium ceremonies of some kind after they lastly obtain their medals, however “they’re by no means the identical, we have seen them, proper, the place they’re by themselves on a podium with household and mates.

“And it is unlucky. But I’m glad it is gone to the [CAS]. I used to be stunned to see how WADA pushed it ahead that quick. This has to come to a conclusion. Hopefully there is a resolution sooner reasonably than later.”


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