The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) takes note of the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to allow figure skater Kamila Valieva (Russian Olympic Committee) to continue to compete at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
The IOC has to follow the rule of law and will therefore have to allow her to compete in the Women’s Single Skating competition on Tuesday, February 15th and, if qualified, on February 17th.
The CAS has clearly expressed that the decision taken by the Ad-hoc Division today is not a decision on whether Valieva violated the anti-doping rules. It was limited to the sole question of whether Valieva could be provisionally suspended from the Olympic competition following a positive A-sample taken on 25 December 2021.
The management of the case after this positive A-sample has not yet been concluded. Only after due process has been followed can it be established whether Valieva infringed the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) and would have to be sanctioned.
This inconclusive situation led the IOC EB to the following decisions, after having had initial consultations with the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) concerned
- In the interest of fairness to all athletes and the NOCs concerned, it would not be appropriate to hold the medal ceremony for the figure skating team event during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 as it would include an athlete who on the one hand has a positive A-sample, but whose violation of the anti-doping rules has not yet been established on the other hand.
- Should Valieva finish amongst the top three competitors in the Women’s Single Skating competition, no flower ceremony and no medal ceremony will take place during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
- The IOC requests the International Skating Union (ISU), for reasons of fairness, to allow a 25th competitor to participate in the Free Skating part of the competition on February 17th, in case Valieva is ranked in the first 24 of the short programme on February 15th.
- The IOC will, in consultation with the athletes and NOCs concerned, organize dignified medal ceremonies once the case of Valieva has been concluded.
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