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Antseliovich: British lawyer will have a secondary role in Valieva’s case

MOSCOW, September 19 – RIA Novosti, Vasily Bogdanov. While the case of figure skater Kamila Valieva is being considered in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the real struggle will take place between the lawyers of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the athlete’s representatives, a lawyer from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. In a conversation with RIA Novosti sports lawyer Anna Antseliovich, it was stated that the Doping Agency (RUSADA) will have a secondary role.

It was previously known that RUSADA’s interests would be represented by a lawyer from England, Graham Arthur, while Valieva’s case was being considered at CAS.

“This is a lawyer who has long represented RUSADA’s interests in all international judicial bodies. He worked on Valieva’s case, in particular, during the hearings at the Olympic Games. He is a very experienced lawyer who has worked for a long time in the UK with the Anti-Doping Agency and later has opened a private practice. Obviously, he will defend RUSADA’s view that there was minor fault or negligence on the part of the athlete, citing relevant precedents. Of course, his position may influence the final decision, but the real battle is developing between Antseliovich, CAS’s WADA lawyers and representatives of Valieva herself He said he would continue.

Valieva’s anti-doping rule violation case will be considered by CAS between 26 and 28 September.

The figure skater passed a positive doping test on December 25, 2021, the free program day of the Russian Championships. This became known on February 8, 2022, a day after the end of the team tournament at the Beijing Olympics, which Valieva and the Russian team won. After its investigation, the RUSADA disciplinary anti-doping committee found that there was no crime or negligence and did not impose any penalty on the athlete, but canceled his result in the Russian Championship. WADA referred Valieva’s case to CAS, with the International Skating Union (ISU) and RUSADA joining as parties.

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