Russian anti-doping agency acquits doped figure skater Kamila Valiyeva

Kamila Valiyeva is now accused of a certain degree of guilt.
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The Russian Anti-Doping Agency acquits the doped figure skater. Neither the plaintiff nor the arbitral tribunal appear independent enough to be able to avoid the suspicion of a sport-political appeasement policy.

NNot only in their war, but also in sports, the Russians continue as before. The doped figure skater Kamila Valiyeva, the tragic figure of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in February last year, is not to blame for the positive result of her doping test, neither error nor negligence. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA, a commission of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) ruled.

The Russians ruled that the victory on the day of the inspection in December 2021 at the Russian championship in St. Petersburg should be taken away from her. This means that Valiyeva is blamed to a certain extent, but the gold medal from the team competition in Beijing remains with the Russians and thus with her for the time being. Outrage can be seen even in the few lines of the WADA message, which she received at the International Court of Arbitration for Sport in November CAS requested the disqualification of the team and a four-year suspension for Kamila Valiyeva. The Russians had not come to a verdict nine months after the case broke. So now, another two months later, this inexplicable acquittal.

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