Young Russian Olympic skater Valieva trains amid banned substance report – Campbell River Mirror
The figure skating governing body has refused to respond to reports that the 15-year-old who helped the Russians win gold in the team event at the Beijing Olympics had previously tested positive for doping.
Kamila Valieva, the 15-year-old Russian superstar who is set to give her country its third consecutive Olympic gold medal in women’s figure skating, trained on Thursday, hours after learning she had tested positive for a banned substance .
The International Skating Union says it “cannot release any information about a possible anti-doping rule violation”.
The International Olympic Committee said legal talks were underway with the ISU over the matter, although it did not give further details.
Valieva tested positive for a banned heart drug ahead of the Beijing Games, Russian newspaper RBC reported.
The sample was reportedly obtained before Valieva won the European Championship last month in Estonia, a performance that cemented her status as the leader of Russia’s ‘quadruple’ of elite female figure skaters en route to Beijing.
It is unclear whether Russia is appealing or fighting the outcome. His appearance in training implies that the federation does not accept the decision.
A positive test could cost Russia the gold medal in the team competition and threaten Valieva’s chances of winning the individual competition which begins on Tuesday. She is the big favourite.
Because Valieva is under 16, she cannot be officially identified if she is guilty of a doping violation, according to the World Anti-Doping Code.
The sample was reportedly obtained in December, when 15-year-old Valieva was still in Russia, but was only revealed after helping her team win gold with dynamic performances in her program short and in free skating.
The drug, trimetazidine, is used to treat angina – a type of chest pain characterized by reduced blood flow to the heart – and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency as a stimulant. It’s the same drug that was implicated in a Russian bobsleigh case at the 2018 Olympics that ended in a settlement and an athlete accepted an eight-month ban.
It is not known if Valieva has heart problems.
Valieva on Monday became the first woman to land a quadruple jump at the Olympics and landed two quadruples in her long program. Singles skater Mark Kondratiuk, pair skaters Anastasia Mishina and Alexander Galliamov, and ice dance duo Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov also competed in the team event for the ROC.
A medal ceremony scheduled for Tuesday was canceled without explanation. The United States, led by Nathan Chen’s spectacular short program and two top-ranked ice dance performances, finished second and Japan finished third in the event. If the ROC is disqualified, the other teams would move up, placing fourth-placed Canada in third place.
– The Associated Press
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