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The Case of Olympic Skater Kamila Valieva - Was CAS’s Decision Justified?

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Tuesday, 08 March 2022 By Dr Despina Mavromati

On Monday 7 February 2021, 15-year-old prodigy figure skater Kamila Valieva (the Athlete) participated in the team figure skating event and finished first. One day later, the International Testing Agency (ITA) imposed on her a provisional suspension: a test taken back in December 2022 of which the results only came on 7 February 2022 showed an Adverse Analytical Finding, and more specifically the existence of the non-specified substance Trimetazidine. This substance is a hormone and metabolic modulator and figures on the WADA Prohibited List. 

The widely-known CAS Ad Hoc procedure started after the Russian Anti-Doping Committee Tribunal (RADT) decided to lift the provisional suspension and let the Athlete participate in the other events during the Olympic Games. The IOC, WADA and the International Skating Union (ISU) all decided to appeal this decision before the CAS Ad Hoc Division. 

This article examines the CAS Ad Hoc decision regarding the provisional suspension and whether it was justified in the context of the legal framework and the specific circumstances of the case.

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Despina Mavromati

Dr Despina Mavromati

Dr. Despina Mavromati is an attorney at the Swiss law firm BianchiSchwald and has extensive experience in international sports law and arbitration. She represents athletes, clubs and federations and advises on regulatory and sports governance matters, including the recognition and enforcement of awards and freezing of assets in Switzerland. Despina has acted as counsel, co-counsel, expert or arbitrator in numerous sports arbitrations, involving contractual, governance, doping-related and other disciplinary and ethics matters. Recognized as a Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal in Switzerland every year since 2018, “Despina Mavromati is a “brilliant and accomplished” lawyer, renowned for having “built a great name and profile in the market””.

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