The General Director of RUSADA stated that the investigation into the Valieva doping case is carried out in the most exhaustive manner. Thus he responded to the words of the head of the United States Olympic Committee, who doubted the honesty of the proceedings.
Kamila Valieva (Photo: Global Look Press)
The case of figure skater Kamila Valieva is being investigated thoroughly and in accordance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code, Veronika Loginova, director general of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying.
Earlier, the head of the US National Olympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland, expressed doubts about the integrity of the investigation into Valieva’s case, after Russian President Vladimir Putin said on April 26 that the figure skater artistic could not achieve its results “with the help of a few”. additional means, manipulation”.
“In its work, RUSADA strictly follows the provisions of regulatory documents, namely the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code and international standards, which indicate the need for a confidential investigation. To conduct a thorough investigation, of course, time is needed, the investigation continues, ”said Loginova.
He pointed out that Valieva is a protected person and “more comments about the investigation process not only violate the athlete’s rights, but also hinder the investigation, taking into account the principles of confidentiality and effectiveness.”
Valieva was at the center of a doping scandal at the Beijing Olympics. She became champion in team competitions, and after they ended, it became known about the positive result of the figure skater’s doping test, approved in December 2021. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) allowed the athlete compete in the individual competition, where he placed fourth, failing the free skate.
Due to Valieva’s case, the IOC did not hold an award ceremony after the team tournament in Beijing. The fact is that the CAS made a decision only on the admission of the skater to the individual tournament, the arbitration did not consider the issue of medals. Additional procedures on the doping test are carried out by RUSADA.
Last week, Valieva, as an Olympic champion, received the Order of Friendship.
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