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Russian sports chief lauds CAS verdict on Valieva as ‘the only true and just’ decision

Earlier, Kamila Valieva were allowed to skate in ladies’ singles competitions

MOSCOW, February 14. /TASS/. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) resorted to the only true and just decision permitting Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva to continue participating at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China, Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said on Monday.

Earlier in the day, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) turned down an appeal filed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Skating Union (ISU) against the decision of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to lift a temporary suspension of Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva.

Valieva is now allowed to skate in ladies’ singles competitions at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China. The short program is scheduled for February 15 and the free skate program will take place on February 17.

"The Russian Sports Ministry welcomes a decision on behalf of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which resorted to the only true and just decision to allow Kamila Valieva to perform in the individual [figure skating] competition at the Olympic Games in Beijing," the ministry quoted Matytsin as saying in a statement.

"I believe it to be extremely important for CAS arbitrators to display their uncompromising stand, professionalism and their focus on each detail of the case," the minister added.

"We are very glad that Kamila Valieva will be able to participate in the Olympics singles competition and our athlete, the world-record holder, certainly deserves this privilege," Matytsin continued.

"We great success for Kamila [Valieva] in personal competitions," the Russian sports minister said. "The whole country is rooting for her and our national team and I am sure that our support would help her to achieve new outstanding results."

Valieva is the youngest participant of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the age of 15. The figure skater is trained by Russia’s merited coach Eteri Tutberidze and she is the reigning champion of the European and Russian championships. She holds the World Records in ladies singles short program (90.45 points), in ladies’ free skate program (185.29 points) and in the combined result of two programs in ladies’ competitions (272.71 points).

The International Testing Agency announced on February 11 that Valieva’s doping sample, collected on December 25, 2022 during the Russian Figure Skating Championships in St. Petersburg, returned a positive result for a banned substance. This triggered the postponement of the awarding ceremony of the 2022 Olympic team competition, won by Russia.

RUSADA imposed a provisional suspension on Valieva on February 8, but the Russian athlete submitted an appeal and it was satisfied the following day. The previous decision on the provisional suspension was cancelled by the RUSADA Disciplinary Committee.

However, the ISU, IOC and WADA filed their appeals later with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in order to overturn the previous decision of the RUSADA Disciplinary Committee.

Russian athletes at Beijing-2022

Due to international sanctions against Russian sports, athletes from Russia are competing in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing under the flag and logo of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) instead of the Russian national flag and state emblem.

The national anthem of Russia is also under sanctions at the Olympics in China. The First Piano Concerto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky was selected to be played at awarding ceremonies for Russian Olympians in Beijing.