The tragic fate of the brightest and most promising Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva from time to time takes new turns almost every month. The young athlete has been around since the Beijing Olympics and the same unfortunate trimetazidine.
The investigation into the incident lasted many months, and the consequences of the fight between international associations affected the young figure skater the most: she was deprived of almost all the medals and turned her career into a real hell. However, everything can change radically in Lausanne: the hearing in the Kamila Valieva case will begin on September 26.
French lawyer Mathieu Maisonneuve will defend Camila: she has the power to become a Russian sports hero.
The story of “grandfather’s pills” and the positive anti-doping test spread several years ago throughout the world and transcended the sporting field. The fight for the results of athletes became a real war between sports federations. While Russian and Western anti-doping agencies figured out who was right and who was wrong, Valieva was in a state of stress and still continued to compete in national championships. As an athlete, second place at the Russian Championships after Sofia Akatieva is more than worthy.
The first attempts to protect the skater were made in RUSADA. Agency employees conducted an internal investigation that ended in January of this year. As a result, no fact of fault or negligence on the part of the athlete was discovered: they limited themselves to canceling only the gold from the 2021 Russian Championship, because the doping test was carried out there, on December 25, 2021.
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At the same time, to protect the minor athlete, RUSADA did not share the progress of the investigation with WADA under any pretext, allowing the Western agency, together with the International Skating Federation (ISU), to disagree with this decision. and appeal to the CAS. During this time, the organizations demanded the annulment of all the skater’s results from the moment of the doping test, as well as the disqualification of Valieva for four years; This position is still maintained.
Now, one of the most important stages of Kamila’s case will be the hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, which will begin on September 26 and will last until the 28th (the 29th is a reserve day). As is known from the organization’s message, the meeting will be held online and three parties will be present.
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The French lawyer Mathieu Mezzoneneuve will speak in defense of the Russian, the prosecution (AMA) will be represented by the American Jeffrey Mishkin and the president will be the British James Drake. The athlete herself will also be present at the meeting.
Probably, the fate of the figure skater could be decided this month. However, it was already clear that Camila decided to go for it. The day before, the athlete admitted her guilt in doping, but she complained about the involuntary application of the use of her: in her opinion, the disqualification should extend only to the period of taking the sample. If she is found guilty, she accepts a two-year suspension, but on the condition that all awards she has won be restored. However, given the progress of the process and the determination of foreign organizations, the possibilities of acquittal are practically reduced to a minimum.