The International Skating Union (ISU) has announced that it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against figure skater Kamila Walijewa a day after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced the same decision. .
WADA appealed to CAS on Tuesday, seeking a four-year suspension for the skater. This is a consequence of the decision of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which in mid-January this year announced that “the disciplinary tribunal ruled that although the competitor violated the anti-doping rules, it is not was not because of her + fault or negligence +, the court therefore imposed no sanction other than the cancellation of her results from the date of the sample.
The world body followed suit on Wednesday by the ISU, which is requesting a period of ineligibility at the sole discretion of CAS.
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“The ISU believes that all young athletes should be protected against doping. Such protection cannot be achieved by exempting young athletes from sanctions,” the statement read.
“On appeal, the ISU requests a period of disqualification at the sole discretion of CAS, effective December 25, 2021, including disqualification of all results achieved during this period and forfeiture of all medals, points and prizes. Additionally, CAS must decide the consequences of an anti-doping rule violation committed by Kamila Walijewa and will determine the final results of the figure skating team competition at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
The 15-year-old Russian’s positive doping test came the day after team competition at the Beijing Olympics last year (the sample had been taken at the national championships a month and a half earlier). The skater explained that she accidentally took heart medication belonging to her grandfather.
RUSADA did not suspend the competitor at that time, and this decision was not challenged by CAS, allowing Walijewa to continue competing in Beijing. However, it was decided that due to the uncertain future of the Russian woman, the medal ceremony would not take place. The teams in places 2 through 4 – USA, Japan and Canada – are still unsure if and what type of pucks they will receive.
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