The Court docket of Arbitration for Sport on Saturday rejected an effort by 9 American determine skaters who have been in search of to obtain their silver medals from the ill-fated workforce competitors on the Beijing Olympics earlier than they left China.
The skaters — Evan Bates, Karen Chen, Nathan Chen, Madison Chock, Zachary Donohue, Brandon Frazier, Madison Hubbell, Alexa Knierim and Vincent Zhou — requested the courtroom to order the Worldwide Olympic Committee to award medals within the workforce occasion, the outcomes of which have been doubtful for almost two weeks since a Russian skater, Kamila Valieva, was discovered to have tested positive for a banned drug.
A separate CAS panel on Monday had allowed Valieva, 15, to continue competing within the Video games regardless of her optimistic check, saying the uncertainty concerning the eventual end result of her doping case — which could result in solely a reprimand given her age — meant she would face “irreparable hurt” if she have been to be barred from competing.
The American skaters had sought a ruling that may overturn, no less than for them, the I.O.C.’s choice to not award any medals in any occasion through which Valieva positioned within the high three. That call utilized solely to the workforce competitors ultimately; Valieva, cleared to skate, went on to complete fourth within the girls’s singles occasion, crumbling in the long program amid a swirl of accusations, innuendo and strain.
The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee was not a celebration to the appliance, the courtroom stated in dismissing it with a single sentence.
“The choice of the I.O.C. Govt Board of 14 February 2022 to not maintain the medal ceremony for the determine skating workforce occasion through the Olympic Winter Video games Beijing 2022 stands,” the courtroom’s panel of three arbitrators wrote.
The courtroom stated the panel would publish a fuller rationalization of its choice within the coming days, presumably nicely after the closing ceremony on Sunday. By then, the People — and the remainder of the Olympians — will probably be on their manner house.