US figure skater Zhou slams anti-doping system’s failures ahead of Valieva hearing

US figure skater Zhou slams anti-doping system’s failures ahead of Valieva hearing

American figure skater Vincent Zhou expressed his belief that the global anti-doping system is failing athletes. This statement was made in anticipation of the upcoming doping case involving Russian skater Kamila Valieva, which will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from Tuesday to Friday. Valieva had tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine during the Russian national championships in December 2021, but the result was only revealed on February 8, 2022, a day after she helped her team win gold at the Beijing Olympics.

The International Skating Union (ISU) had appealed to CAS, the highest court in sports, after a Russian investigation cleared Valieva of a doping infraction despite her failed drug test. The U.S. figure skating team, consisting of Zhou, Evan Bates, Karen Chen, Nathan Chen, Madison Chock, Zachary Donohue, Brandon Frazier, Madison Hubbell, and Alexa Knierim, won the silver medal in Beijing, with Russia taking the gold, Japan earning the bronze, and Canada finishing fourth.

However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided not to present any medals for the team figure skating event until Valieva’s case was resolved. Zhou emphasized the failure of the global anti-doping system, stating that the principles of clean sport and fair competition are essential for the integrity of the Olympics. He expressed disappointment that the awards ceremony for the Beijing 2022 Figure Skating Team Event would serve as a symbol of the failures of the IOC, CAS, RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency), and other global sporting administrators.

Zhou and his teammates will never have the opportunity to celebrate their hard work and achievements on a global stage due to the delayed resolution of Valieva’s case. RushHourDaily reached out to the IOC, CAS, and RUSADA for comment on the matter. Valieva’s hearing involving RUSADA, the ISU, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is set to begin on Tuesday, but CAS has not provided a timeline for when the final decision will be announced.

Zhou also revealed that the U.S. team had requested to observe the hearing but were informed that it would be confidential. He expressed the importance of an open and transparent hearing to help athletes understand the decision that will be made. The article concludes with the reporter’s information and the mention of Thomson RushHourDaily’ Trust Principles.

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