The International Skating Union (ISU) has established a common front with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
On the 23rd (Korean time), the ISU Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on its official website the suspension of Russian figure skater Kamila Balieva’s qualifications for doping right before the Beijing Winter Olympics and the removal of Russia’s gold medal in the figure skating team event at the Beijing Winter Olympics. said it had appealed.
Earlier, on the 22nd, WADA appealed to the CAS to suspend Balieva’s qualifications and strip her of her Russian gold medal. As a result, the ISU, which oversees skating around the world, and WADA, the highest supervisory authority for doping, have formed a common front.
The reason why the ISU and WADA appealed to the CAS is because they are protesting against the ruling of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA)먹튀검증. Last month, RUSADA reviewed Balieva’s doping allegations and ruled that she was not at fault. She sided with her claim that her grandfather’s heart medication had been mixed in, although Balieva was caught doping in her.
In response, WADA took action first. WADA appealed to CAS, claiming a four-year disqualification for her Balieva from December 25, 2021, the date of her Balieva’s sample collection. If the appeal is upheld and CAS sided with WADA, Balieva would have competed at the Beijing Winter Olympics under her ineligible status, and she would eventually lose her gold medal in the team figure skating event for Russia.
The ISU also agreed with this. The ISU also requested CAS to apply the suspension of Valieva retrospectively from December 25, 2021, and to erase records during this period. If CAS raises the hands of WADA and ISU, the gold medal at the European Championships held in January 2022, the gold medal in the team figure skating event at the Beijing Winter Olympics, and the 4th place in women’s singles will all disappear. Of course, Russia’s gold medal in the figure skating team event will also be stripped.
Regarding this, the ISU said, “We will proceed without further delay for the best interests of all athletes and those involved in the ice skating world.”