Russian agency also appeals in Valieva Olympic doping case

Feb 23, 2023, 2:55 PM | Updated: Feb 24, 2023, 8:57 am
FILE - Russian Kamila Valieva competes in the women's free skate program during the figure skating ...

FILE - Russian Kamila Valieva competes in the women's free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Russian Figure Skating Grand Prix, the Golden Skate of Moscow, at Megasport Arena in Moscow, Russia, on Oct. 23, 2022. The World Anti-Doping Agency has appealed Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva's doping case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and said Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023, it is seeking a four-year ban. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Russian anti-doping agency has filed an appeal in the case of Kamila Valieva, the Court of Arbitration for sport said Friday, but it has asked for the teenage figure skater to be punished with as little as a reprimand and keep her Olympic gold medal.

CAS confirmed registering three separate appeals — from the Russian agency known as RUSADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Skating Union. The appeals could now be combined into a single process to decide a case that overshadowed last year’s Beijing Olympics.

WADA previously said it was asking CAS to impose a four-year ban. The ISU has requested a punishment at its discretion.

“At this time, it is not possible to indicate a time frame for the issuance of the decision,” the court said.

The three parties that have made appeals should now have to cooperate in choosing one of the three judges in a typical CAS judging panel. The normal procedure would let Valieva’s legal team choose one judge and the court would appoint someone to chair the panel.

RUSADA, WADA and the ISU are challenging a Russian anti-doping tribunal’s decision last year that Valieva bore “no fault or negligence” for the positive test in December 2021 for the heart medication trimetazidine, which is banned in sports. The tribunal disqualified Valieva from the Russian national championships, where she gave the sample, but no other event.

Valieva’s positive test was reported only several weeks later during the Beijing Olympics, where she had already helped the Russians take gold in the team event.

Still only 15 years old, Valieva was favored to win the women’s individual event in Beijing but, after several days of intense media coverage and an appeal to CAS that let her continue competing, she placed fourth with an error-filled skate.

RUSADA acknowledged that Valieva has broken its anti-doping rules and suggested she now face “the appropriate consequences (which may include or be limited to a reprimand),” CAS said in a statement.

The Russian agency issued its own statement saying it had not given Valieva any special treatment and defending its application for the sanction to be merely a reprimand.

“RUSADA is convinced that there is a degree of fault for the athlete in the breach of the rules but that it is minimal and that a reasonable sanction could be issuing a reprimand,” the agency said.

No medal ceremony for the team event was held in Beijing. The United States team never received their silver medals and could eventually be upgraded to gold.


More AP sports: and

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Associated Press

Ex-Packer Guion gets 1 year for domestic violence assault

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest in a domestic violence assault at his home last fall. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Walsh also ordered Guion on Tuesday to serve three years’ probation and complete a domestic […]
20 days ago
Joe Jarzynka...
Associated Press

Durant eager for Suns debut vs. Hornets after knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been through quite a bit during his 15-year NBA career — but joining a new team midway through the season is a new one for the 13-time All-Star. The 34-year-old Durant doesn’t seem all that worried. Durant makes his highly anticipated Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday night against […]
20 days ago
FILE - Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stands on the sideline during the second half of an N...
Associated Press

Judge: NFL coach can press discrimination claims in court

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Coach Brian Flores can pursue some of his discrimination claims against the league and its teams in court rather than through arbitration, a judge ruled Wednesday. The written decision by Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan was issued months after lawyers for the league tried to get the lawsuit moved to […]
20 days ago
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Alex Stalock cools off in the first period during an NHL hockey game ...
Associated Press

Kane trade reinforces hard reality of Blackhawks rebuild

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of speculation, the harsh reality of the Chicago Blackhawks’ situation was reinforced by one move in a flurry of transactions ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Showtime is over, at least in Chicago, and a seemingly bright future is, well, way off in the distance. The reverberations of Chicago’s decision […]
20 days ago
FILE -  Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a protective face mas...
Associated Press

Disgraced ex-Haitian soccer president announces he’s back

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s former soccer federation president whose lifetime ban from sport over sexual abuse allegations was overturned last month announced Wednesday that he is reclaiming his position. Yves Jean-Bart’s defiant announcement could lead to a standoff with FIFA, which already has appointed an emergency management committee to lead the Haitian Football Association […]
20 days ago
FILE - Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the ...
Associated Press

Rodgers says decision on future will come ‘soon enough’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers says he will make a decision on his future “soon enough” as the four-time MVP quarterback ponders whether to play next season and if his future remains with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers, 39, discussed his future while speaking on an episode of the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that […]
20 days ago
Russian agency also appeals in Valieva Olympic doping case