He explained this by the likelihood of an error due to proceedings in the case of the Russian athlete Kamila Valiyeva.
“We understand very well how the teams that won silver and bronze are feeling, but it is very difficult to award medals in such an uncertain situation, there is a possibility of making a mistake”, - Oswald said.
He called it "a far-sighted decision" to cancel the official part of the awards ceremony. According to TASS, the head of the IOC disciplinary commission believes that it is necessary to wait until it becomes possible to fairly award the medals.
“Later we will give them the opportunity to award them medals in a solemn atmosphere, we must show respect for the athletes that they deserve their medals”, - he commented.
According to Oswald, the abolition of the figure skating ceremony is a "fair decision". The IOC wants to avoid a mistake with the award of medals, while there is no clear answer on doping. Thus, the situation requires further investigation.
Earlier it became known that the IOC canceled the awards ceremony for figure skaters in the team tournament, and will also cancel the awards ceremony for figure skaters if Valiyeva enters the top three. The Russian athlete will continue her performance at the Beijing Olympics. The skaters will show the short program on February 15, the free program on February 17.
On February 11, the International Doping Testing Agency (ITA) confirmed the discovery of a banned substance in a doping test of a 15-year-old Russian figure skater. She was diagnosed with trimetazidine. Valiyeva is under 16, so she is not subject to the standard rules and restrictions in sports competitions. As a "protected person" she cannot be found guilty, but she can be stripped of the award and removed from the competition. Yesterday it became known that the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) allowed the Russian figure skater Kamila Valiyeva to the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, rejecting the appeals of the IOC, ISU and WADA.