USADA Comments on New Valieva Allegations

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The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Administration has responded to false reports of documents showing Kamila Valieva listing two legal substances on a doping control form.

The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said unconfirmed reports suggested that Russian figure skating star Kamila Valieva listed two legal heart drugs in an anti-doping form ahead of the Winter Olympics. “Something more serious is going on” In the highly publicized case of the Beijing Games sensation.

A document presented at the temporary suspension arbitration hearing, which Valieva successfully challenged at Sunday’s hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), showed that the sample that Valieva presented to Russian Citizens on December 25 contained three substances that could be used. To help the heart, according to The New York Times.

L-carnitine, a performance enhancer that increases oxygen, and Hypoxen, which increases blood flow to the heart and has recently been the subject of a failed banning attempt by USADA, were both disclosed by Valieva, the report said.

“You use all this to improve performance” USADA CEO Travis Tygart told the AP that the combination of drugs with trimetazidine, the substance that tested positive for Valieva, which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) banned list, weakens the claim that the 15-year-old’s sample was accidental. contaminated.

Tygart told the outlet that the presence of the substances was reported. “It completely undermines credibility” Valieva’s defense and “It’s a sign that something more serious is going on.”

The AP added that two people with knowledge of the matter confirmed that the AMA submitted a brief report reflecting Tygart’s views during the hearing, and that their sources spoke on the condition of anonymity as the documents were not publicly available.

BUT did not comment on the reported note. Valieva was allowed to continue competing for the Russian Olympic Committee after the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was right to lift the temporary suspension for trimetazidine.

L-carnitine is prohibited when injected above certain levels, and the report reports that Tygart has commented on the potential effect of legal drugs in combination with 2.1 nanograms of trimetazidine, a drug associated with L-carnitine therapy.

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Valieva’s mother reportedly claimed, as part of the trial, that the figure skater’s grandfather’s regular use of trimetazidine would explain how it got into her system.

Many sports and legal figures have rejected the idea that trimetazidine has performance-enhancing effects.

The drug detection in Valieva’s example came about after the Games singles favorite helped Russia win team gold with a performance that included a first for a woman. When the quad landed at the Olympics.

The event’s medal ceremony was later canceled and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) began consulting with the International Skating Union on the legal issue of returning Valieva’s test from a WADA-accredited Stockholm laboratory.

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Due to her age, Valieva is considered a “protected person” by Wada, meaning she does not need to be named and could face less punishment if found guilty.

The timing of the result meant that the Russian and European champion did not have enough time to establish a suitable legal defense, and it is unclear whether he wanted the B sample he was entitled to receive from the laboratory.

The IOC also announced that if Valieva takes the podium at the end of the competition on Thursday, there will be no medal ceremony for the singles event.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams told the media: “required process” Wednesday.

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“This case is not over yet” he said, calling for jumping to early conclusions “really inappropriate”.

“CAS has made this very clear. In fact, as far as I understand, instance B is not even opened. »

Earlier this week, Tygart warned that the United States could sue under a bill that allows legal action if American athletes are affected by events during sporting events.

“If Russia followed the rules, we would know for sure the outcome of the figure skating team event.” said Monday.

“These athletes who gave their all can enjoy the podium moment at these Games, as they deserve, as the world celebrates with them. »

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