Kamila Valieva saga set to run and run as blame game breaks out over Russian skater's positive drugs test

    Kamila Valieva of ROC performs during the Women Single Skating Free Skating at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on February 17, 2022.

    (CNN)Teenage figure skater Kamila Valieva has become one of the faces of Beijing 2022, but as the Winter Olympics nears its conclusion the spotlight is likely to remain on the 15-year-old and her entourage for the foreseeable future.

    A blame game has already broken out between the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) over the drugs test controversy surrounding Valieva, who completed her competition run at the Winter Olympics on Thursday.
    The 15-year-old finished in fourth place in the women's individual figure skating event on Thursday, leaving the ice in tears after falling and faltering during jumps in her routine, despite having previously been the favorite to take gold.
      Before being cleared to take part in the women's individual figure skating competition, Valieva was suspended by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on February 8, although the body lifted her suspension the next day following a hearing.
        WADA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Skating Union (ISU) then subsequently filed an appeal against the lifting of the ban.
        Kamila Valieva: What happens next?

        • RUSADA needs to determine what -- if any -- sanctions to impose on Valieva as the initial suspension was only provisional

        • If sanctions are imposed, WADA must decide whether or not to appeal the decision
        • If WADA appeals, the case will be heard by CAS, which will make the final decision on the figure skating team event medals
        • Only then will the IOC be able to award the fmedals for the team event

        However, CAS cleared Valieva for competition, saying she would suffer "irreparable harm" if not allowed to compete, citing the "exceptional circumstances" of her being a minor.
        Given the pressures she was facing, many commentators have questioned why she was cleared to skate, with former US Olympic figure skater Polina Edmunds saying it was "devastating that she was put in this situation."
          CAS published a 41-page document on Thursday outlining its reasons for allowing Valieva to compete, notably blaming WADA for the way events had unfolded in the teenager's case.
          "It is unfortunate that this episode occurred to mar this Athlete's, and other Athletes', Olympic Winter Games experience," said CAS.
          "This has been the result of the relevant anti-doping bodies to ensure timely analysis of pre-Games samples, and failing to ensure that pending cases are resolved before the Olympic Winter Games commence."
          Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) director general Matthieu Reeb speaks during a press comference at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing.
          In a sample taken in December, prior to the Olympics, Valieva tested positive for