Nov 8 (Reuters) - Russian Olympic fig skater Kamila Valieva's doping lawsuit has been referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport by the World Anti-Doping Agency aft it made nary advancement with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, WADA president Witold Banka said connected Tuesday.
Valieva tested affirmative for the banned substance trimetazidine astatine the Russian nationalist championships successful December 2021 and the effect was lone made known connected Feb. 8, a time aft she helped her squad triumph a golden medal astatine the Beijing Olympics.
Last period RUSADA said it would not merchandise the results of the probe into Valieva's affirmative test "in bid to support the interests" of the 16-year-old skater.
"Despite putting RUSADA nether ceremonial announcement to resoluteness the Kamila Valieva lawsuit promptly, nary advancement was made. Therefore, I tin corroborate WADA has present officially referred it straight to the Court of Arbitration for Sport," Banka wrote connected Twitter.
WADA had issued a "formal notice" to RUSADA past period aft raising concerns with the ongoing hold successful Valieva's case, informing the bureau they would instrumentality the substance straight to CAS, which is sport's highest court.
In her defence, Valieva said the affirmative trial was the effect of a mix-up with her grandfather's bosom medication.
CAS had cleared Valieva, past 15, to proceed competing astatine the Beijing Games successful February, upholding an earlier determination by RUSADA to assistance a prohibition connected the skater.
CAS had cited the information that Valieva was a "protected person" nether WADA rules arsenic 1 of the "exceptional circumstances" underpinning its decision. The CAS ruling did not code the merits of Valieva's cause case.
At the time, WADA was disappointed with the determination and Banka had said, "doping of children is evil and unforgivable".
Reporting by Rohith Nair successful Bengaluru; Editing by Alex Richardson and Ken Ferris
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