Veronika Loginova dismissed the notion that her agency had failed to reach a decision promptly enough
Loginova defended her agency amid criticism from WADA. © RIA Novosti / Pavel Bednyakov
The general director of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), Veronika Loginova, has hit back at accusations that her organization has mishandled the investigation involving teenage figure skater Kamila Valieva.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in November, arguing that RUSADA had not reached a decision on Valieva “within a reasonable deadline.”
It emerged at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February that Valieva – then aged 15 – had tested positive for the banned heart medication trimetazidine based on a sample collected in December 2021.
RUSADA announced in September that a disciplinary hearing would potentially take place in October, but later stated that any decision would remain confidential due to Valieva’s age and status as a “protected person.”