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Russian figure skater failed drug test before start of Olympics, urgent court hearing to determine her fate

Russian figure skater failed drug test before start of Olympics, urgent court hearing to determine her fate

Feb 11
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Kamila Valieva, a 15-year-old Russian figure skater sensation, allegedly failed a drug test ahead of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

As a result, the medal ceremony for the figure skating team competition was postponed, according to a news conference by the International Olympic Committee.

Valieva was initially named as the offender, and Reuters later corroborated the allegation. The International Skating Union stated that the delay was caused by a legal matter.

During her team free skate performance on Monday, Valieva became the first female skater in the Olympics to execute a quad jump, and she was essential in Russia’s team victory.

Some believed that the drug Valieva reportedly consumed was trimetazidine, a medication used to alleviate chest discomfort and help the cardiovascular system. Trimetazidine is listed as a prohibited metabolic modulator by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

According to “Inside the Games,” Valieva is a “Protected Person” under the World Anti-Doping Code, which states that “an athlete who, at the time of the anti-doping rule violation: has not reached the age of sixteen.”

Considering her age, if it is proven that she committed a drug infraction, her identity must be concealed.

The International Testing Agency (ITA), which is in charge of drug testing participants at the Games, said in a statement, “The ITA is aware of the various reports circulating regarding the postponed medal ceremony for the figure skating team event at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.”

The ITA also revealed that the IOC will contest a resolution by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to revoke the skater’s temporary suspension during a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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