Veronika Loginova dismissed the idea that her agency didn’t make a decision fast enough
Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) Director General Veronika Loginova has hit back at accusations that her organization mishandled the investigation into teenage figure skater Kamila Valieva.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in November, arguing that RUSADA had not made a decision on Valieva “within a reasonable time”.
It emerged at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February that Valieva – then 15 – had tested positive for the banned heart drug trimetazidine, based on a sample taken in December 2021.
RUSADA announced in September that a disciplinary hearing would potentially take place in October, but later said any decision would be kept confidential due to Valieva’s age and status as a “protected person”.
Speaking to TASS this week, Director General Loginova dismissed accusations that the investigation dragged on unnecessarily.
“We do not agree with the assertion that RUSADA did not organize the hearings in time”, Loginova said.
“Now everyone should be patient and not spread false information in the media.
“We have officially announced our position, namely our intention not to publicly disclose any details on the status of the review of [Valieva’s] Case.
“We were guided by the fact that releasing such information would not benefit any of the parties involved in the case.
“The right of public disclosure remains with us, and when the final decision on the case is made, we will return to this matter,” added the RUSADA official.
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Loginova noted that Valieva’s case involved investigating members of her entourage, with the skater coached by famed Eteri Tutberidze.
“RUSADA has not delayed the processing of results at any time. There was an investigation into the staff who worked with the underage athlete, we were obliged to carry it out and we are still investigating in cases where it concerns protected persons”, Loginova said.
“The investigation was completed within a reasonable time and was conducted in cooperation with WADA’s Investigations Department.”
Valieva’s positive test was announced after she had already helped her country win gold in the figure skating team event at the Beijing Games.
Valieva was cleared to compete in the women’s individual event at an emergency CAS hearing in Beijing, but finished a disappointing fourth despite being the overwhelming favorite for gold.
If Valieva were punished by CAS, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) would lose their figure skating team gold medal, with the United States promoted to first place, Japan moving to silver and Canada to bronze. .
Valieva and her fellow Russian skaters are currently banned from international events due to sanctions imposed by the International Skating Union (ISU) due to the conflict in Ukraine.