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The American champion “annoyed” by the delay of the doping case of the Russian star – RT Sport News

Nathan Chen has expressed anger over the investigation into Russian Olympic gold medalist Kamila Valieva

US Olympic figure skating champion Nathan Chen says the apparent delays in the doping investigation surrounding Russian teenager Kamila Valieva were “super boring.” Chen is among those who could win a gold medal if Valieva is found guilty of an offence.

“That’s probably the hardest part, having no knowledge of the situation,” Chen told the AP about the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) investigation into Valieva’s case.

“We get updates and it’s always, ‘We have no idea what’s going on.’ It’s super boring. added Chen, 23, who won gold in the men’s individual event in Beijing.

Valieva, 16, returned a positive result for the banned heart drug trimetazidine from a sample taken in December but not reported until the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics started in February.

By this point, Valieva had already helped Russia win the gold medal in the figure skating team event. Team USA – including Chen – finished second while Japan won bronze and Canada finished in fourth place.

However, the event’s medal ceremony in Beijing was canceled after news of Valieva’s positive test was announced. If Valieva was found guilty of a transgression, the Russian team would lose their gold medal.

RUSADA has been tasked with investigating the case and chief executive Veronika Loginova announced last month that proceedings would progress to an anti-doping disciplinary committee (DAC). Loginova said a hearing was scheduled for October, although there has been no further announcement since.

Valieva was first cleared by an emergency hearing from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to continue competing in Beijing following news of her positive test. The CAS squad cited her status as a minor as well as the late notification of the results of the sample, which was tested in a laboratory in Stockholm accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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Valieva and her coaching staff have maintained their innocence, arguing during their CAS hearing that the positive result may have stemmed from contamination from heart medication her grandfather was taking. Russian officials also said Valieva frequently took other doping tests and questioned the timing of the announcement of the positive result.

After playing in the team event in Beijing, Valieva finished a disappointing fourth in the women’s individual competition, despite being the hot favorite for gold as her doping ordeal took its toll.

Valieva and her fellow Russians have been banned by the International Skating Union (ISU) from all events in the upcoming season due to the conflict in Ukraine, but she will compete in a series of alternative Grand Prix competitions held in her country. native.


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