The US Olympic Committee was outraged by the admission of Valiyeva to the Games after a doping scandal

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The US Olympic Committee was outraged by the admission of Valiyeva to the Games after a doping scandal
The US Olympic Committee was outraged by the admission of Valiyeva to the Games after a doping scandal
14 February, 15:08SportPhoto: Евроспорт
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has expressed its regret over the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which authorized the admission of Russian figure skater Kamila Valiyeva to further performances at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

According to USOPC representatives, Russian athletes continue to systematically use illegal drugs.

“We know that this case has not yet been closed, and we urge all participants in the Olympic movement to continue to fight for the purity of sports”, - Kommersant quotes the words of USOPC President Sarah Hirshland.

Hirschland emphasized that other athletes should have the right to be sure that they are competing on an equal footing.

Consideration of the case of figure skater Kamila Valieva suspected of doping was held at the CAS on February 13.

On the morning of February 14, the arbitration announced that the Russian woman would be allowed to compete in individual competitions scheduled for February 15.

Earlier it was reported that the banned drug trimetazidine was found in Valieva's sample taken on December 25 last year during the Russian Championship in St. Petersburg.

As soon as the traces of doping in Valiyeva's samples became known, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) temporarily suspended Valiyeva from participation in the competition, and on February 9, based on the results of the appeal of the athlete's representatives, she canceled the suspension.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed the decision to CAS. At the same time, the CAS panel made a decision in favor of Valieva, allowing her to compete in the singles competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

This happened due to the fact that the samples taken at the Olympics showed a negative result for doping. In addition, Valiyeva, who is not yet 16 years old, has the status of a “protected person”, who is guaranteed a special treatment due to her young age. According to the rules, athletes under 16 years of age are not subject to such severe punishment for violating sports rules as adults.

Kamila Valiyeva's coach Eteri Tutberidze said that the presence of a banned substance in the athlete's tests could be a coincidence or a planned action. She described the current situation as extremely complex and contradictory. WADA and RUSADA launched an investigation into the environment of the athlete.

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