Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva could be kicked out of the Beijing Winter Olympics and stripped of her gold medal after testing positive for drugs on Christmas Day.
The 15-year-old is at the center of one of the most explosive legal controversies in Olympic history and her entire competitive fate in China will be decided by her lawyers.
The sensational Valieva stole the show last Monday as the first female figure skater to achieve a quadruple jump at a Game in the women’s short show at the city’s Capital Indoor Stadium.
An amazing score of 178.92 helped Russian Olympic Committee to win the team event – the US took the silver while Japan won the bronze – but the medal ceremony the next day was postponed.
The International Testing Agency announced on Friday morning the results of a test sample collected on December 25 during the Russian Figure Skating Championships in Saint Petersburg.
The WADA-accredited laboratory in Stockholm reported that the sample returned a Harmful Analytical Results for the unspecified banned substance trimetazidine on 8 February.
It was the day after the team event won the gold medal and she was immediately suspended by Russia’s anti-doping agency and banned from skating again in the Far East.
However, following a hearing on 9 February, RUSADA’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee decided to lift the athlete’s temporary ban from competition, thus allowing her to continue performing in China.
The IOC and ITA have since begun legal proceedings to appeal the lifting of the suspension through the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
And if successful, Valieva will miss out on the women’s singles skating competition starting Tuesday.
The decision on the outcome of the ROC team in the Team Figure Skating event can only be made by the International Skating Federation after a final determination has been made on the full merits of the case. .
“The procedure, which is started now, can only deal with a temporary suspension.
“Given that the legal process for this case has not been finalized yet, the ITA will not be making any additional comments.”
Valieva, who is recognized as a “Protected Person” under the World Anti-Doping Code due to her age, also won a gold medal at the European Championships in Estonia in January.
However, today everything went as usual at the CTS Figure Skating training room as she was practicing with her Russian teammates, performing Torvill’s soundtrack and Dean’s famous Bolero.
Trimetazidine, which has been banned since 2014, is a medication used to treat chest pain and angina but it is not known if practitioners are eligible for a TUE medical exemption.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4663591/russian-figure-skater-valieva-winter-olympics-drugs-test/ Figure skater Valieva, 15, could be kicked out of the Winter Olympics and stripped of her gold medal after testing positive for drugs