Officially confirmed: figure skater Kamila Valieva has been tested doping positive

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Officially confirmed: figure skater Kamila Valieva has been tested doping positive
Officially confirmed: figure skater Kamila Valieva has been tested doping positive
11 February, 16:54SportPhoto: РИА Новости
The International Doping Testing Agency (ITA) has confirmed that 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva has been tested positive for the drug trimetazidine.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) suspended Valieva from the competition for a day, but then allowed her to continue participating in the Beijing Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

It will be possible to approve the results of the team tournament in figure skating at the Olympic Games only after the decision of the CAS away panel.

Recall that since Valieva is under 16 years old, she cannot be punished for violating anti-doping laws. According to the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Valieva, due to her age, is a “protected person” and cannot be found guilty. However, now, probably, Valieva will be removed from the competition, and the entire team will lose Olympic gold in the team event: Mark Kondratyuk, sports couple Anastasia Mishina / Alexander Gallyamov and dancers Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov.

Kamila Valieva is the current champion of Russia and Europe, the holder of world records in the short (90.45 points), free (185.29) and total programs (272.71). Valieva is coached by Eteri Tutberidze.

At the Beijing Olympics, Kamila Valieva won both programs, scoring 90.18 points in the short program and 178.92 points in the free program. Performances of figure skaters with a short program at the Olympics are scheduled for February 15, with a free program - for February 17.

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