Peskov: WADA and IOC are dealing with the situation with Valieva’s sample, let’s wait for a decision

MOSCOW, 11 Feb – Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are dealing with the situation with the doping test of the Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, and urged to wait for the outcome of the investigation and decision.
He noted that at the moment, according to the situation, when a young Russian figure skater during the Winter Olympics in Beijing was suspected of doping, the Kremlin is convinced that there was some kind of misunderstanding, and fix all the questions that arise from Russian officials in this case.
“We have great respect for both WADA and the IOC. Now everything is being handled there. It’s time for the Olympics – let’s not rush anywhere, let’s wait until the proceedings are completed and when the IOC makes and publishes its decision. For now, we all support our Camila Valiev. We wish her success – that’s actually what you can say,” Peskov told reporters on Friday.
The International Doping Testing Agency (ITA) on Friday reported that Valieva’s doping test dated December 25, 2021 tested positive for trimetazidine. The test result was handed over by the anti-doping laboratory in Stockholm on February 8. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency imposed a temporary suspension on Valiyeva, after the athlete’s appeal on February 9, it was removed. For now, she is allowed to continue competing in the Beijing Olympics. The ITA said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The decision is expected before February 15, when the figure skaters are scheduled to perform in the short program in individual competitions at the 2022 Games.

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