Too Young For This

Kamila Valieva, a 15-year-old Russian figure skater competing in the Olympics with a doping controversy, lost gold medal by falling twice.


Background

Before the Olympics, Kamila Valieva attended Russian Figure Skating Championships held in St. Petersburg. During the competition, it was stated that "trimetazidine", a banned metabolism regulator, was found in the test conducted in the laboratory authorized by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Sweden. Test results brought the debate whether Valieva should take part in the Beijing Winter Olympics.


The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) decided to temporarily ban Valieva from the sport, while the decision was lifted after the athlete's appeal to the Disciplinary Committee.


The International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is not authorized to ban doping tests because they are conducted outside the Olympics, had applied to the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to prevent the athlete from participating in the Olympics. In its decision on the application, CAS ruled that the athlete could compete at the Olympics, recalling that the doping control conducted in Beijing turned out to be clean.


At the Olympics

The highly anticipated performance at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics ended in disappointment. Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva finished fourth in the competition, where she was known to be the favorite for the gold medal. However, the Russian team was able to win the gold medal in the figure skating teams ice dance free program held on February 7. Even though Valieva missed out on a gold medal chance in the women's singles, the uncertainty about doping also made the status of the gold medal they won as a team controversial. It is unclear for now whether the medal will be reinstated.

 

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