Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Olivier Niggli has addressed the deadline in Kamila Valieva’s doping case.
Figure skating prodigy Valieva helped the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) win the Team event at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and was tipped as the favorite for the individual event.
When a six-week-old positive drugs test for the use of a heart medicine used to treat angina emerged, however, a controversy broke out that saw many bodies calling for the then-15-year-old to be sent home.
Intervention from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) allowed Valieva to head on to the individual event where she finished fourth after an out-of-character, error-strewn performance in her program.
And while the International Skating Union (ISU) has raised its minimum age for competing in events to 17 in recent days, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is still yet to complete its investigation into the matter stemming from a test completed at the Russian national championships on Christmas Day.