Olympic Winter Games Day 8 News, Scores and Live Updates

BEIJING — The International Olympic Committee is confident that the status of 15-year-old Russian figure skating star Kamila Valieva will be decided before the start of the women’s singles short program on Tuesday, the IOC spokesperson said Saturday morning, Mark Adams.

“There will be a resolution of this specific case whether or not the suspension will be lifted,” Adams said. “I’m certain of it – as certain as I can be.”

Valieva tested positive for a banned heart drug on December 25, according to the International Testing Agency. After Russia’s anti-doping organization lifted a brief suspension that was never publicly disclosed, it led the Russian Olympic Committee to a gold medal in the team event. The World Anti-Doping Agency is appealing the lifting of this suspension. Valieva’s eligibility for the individual event is on the line as the ITA has promised an expedited hearing.

The IOC intervened amid the dispute between the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and WADA, publicly joining WADA’s call in a bid to speed up the process.

“Strictly speaking, we didn’t have to,” Adams said. “It has a huge impact on the Olympic Games here in Beijing, and we thought it was important that we were involved in the process. … It sent a signal that we want this to be resolved as quickly as possible.

Late Saturday morning, Adams said the Court of Arbitration for Sport was hearing arguments from the parties “probably, maybe even as we speak.”

“We want to see due process and we also want to see due process as soon as possible,” Adams said. “That’s why we went to CAS with partners to challenge this decision. We want it to be resolved as soon as possible. We all want to see the focus on the sport. No one wants to see us watching, focusing on potential doping cases.

Meanwhile, reports have surfaced that Russian journalists have threatened British colleagues for their reporting on Valieva.

“The tempers are a bit strained, especially because it involves a 15-year-old athlete,” Adams said. “Naturally, all sorts of arguments from all sides. It is not acceptable for this to turn into threats of violence. We ask everyone to remain calm. …I think we all need to take a chill pill, like we used to say when I was younger.

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