USADA chief: US may prosecute Russians involved in Valieva case
MOSCOW, 11 Feb – The United States may prosecute the Russians involved in the situation with a positive doping test of Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, in accordance with the American “Rodchenkov law”, Reuters reports, citing the head of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Travis Tygart.
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).
“This law has already been used to protect one Olympics, and will be used for others if athletes continue to dope. Clean athletes deserve better, and this girl (Valiyeva) does too,” Taygart said.
“Whoever was doing this should definitely have speeded up the process, it’s not that hard to do, there shouldn’t have been a five week delay for such a substance. the day after she won gold in the team tournament. You can’t hold a position in government or sports, be able to dope athletes and not be held responsible for it. This is exactly what happened, and this is the reason why the “law was passed Rodchenkov,” added the head of USADA.
On Friday, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) said it was taking all possible measures to keep the gold medal won in the figure skating team competition and protect the rights and interests of the ROC team members. The organization expects that a full-fledged investigation will be carried out, as a result of which all relevant legal and factual circumstances of the incident will be established. In turn, the Russian Figure Skating Federation (FFKKR) noted that she had no doubts about the honesty and purity of Valieva, and would also make every effort to clarify the circumstances of the incident and provide her with the necessary comprehensive assistance and support.
15-year-old Valieva became the Olympic champion of the Beijing Games in the team tournament. The short program in individual competitions in women’s singles will be held on February 15.