KAMILA VALIEVA, a 15-year-old Russian figure skater, will not be disqualified from the Winter Olympics despite failing a drug test before the Games.
In a controversial ruling issued by a major sports law body, the Moscow star will be allowed to compete in the women’s singles skating program on Tuesday and Thursday nights in Beijing.
This girl helped Russia win a gold medal a week ago, thanks to her amazing routine, which includes an unprecedented quadruple jump.
However, the medal ceremony the next day was postponed as it appeared the test collected on December 25 during the Russian Figure Skating Championships in Saint Petersburg returned an Adverse Analytical Finding.
The sample contained trimetazidine – banned for use in athletes since 2014 – which is used to treat chest pain and angina.
The hastily arranged three-person teleconference panel of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ended at 2:10 a.m. Monday after 5:30 a.m. deliberation and discussion.
Evidence was provided by Valieva as well as representatives from the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Skating Union and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.
In a statement released Monday afternoon in China, CAS decided not to re-impose the temporary suspension of the Kazan-born teenager during these Olympics due to “extraordinary circumstances.” .
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The skater’s youth was taken into consideration – she was listed as a “Protected Person” under the World Anti-Doping Code.
The panel “considered that preventing an athlete from competing in the Olympics would cause irreparable harm”.
The panel also emphasized that there was a serious problem of “untimely notification” of her positive result anti-doping test in the greatest event of her life. They ruled that “the late announcement was not her fault”.
Sarah Hirshland, Executive Director of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, said: “We are disappointed by the message this decision has sent.
“The entire Olympic community has a shared responsibility to protect the integrity of sport and to hold our athletes, coaches and all participants to the highest standards.
“Athletes have the right to know they are playing on a level playing field. Unfortunately, today that right is being denied. This appears to be another chapter in the blatant disregard for pure sport. Russian system and popularity.
“We know this case is not over yet and we urge everyone in Olympic The movement continues to fight for clean sport on behalf of athletes around the world. “
Valieva will practice at 2.30pm (6.30am UK time) in the Chinese capital and she will be the favorites for her second gold medal this week.
A decision about Russia should keep the Olympic team title – the US won the silver medal, Japan won the bronze and Canada came fourth – to be done at an unspecified later date.
Meanwhile, WADA is planning to investigate the ‘entourage’ – medics, coaches, officials and guardians – linked to the Russian skating team.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17642852/kamila-valieva-not-kicked-out-winter-olympics/ Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, 15, will NOT be kicked out of the Winter Olympics despite failing a drug test