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2022 Winter Olympics: Kamila Valieva lands another shot at podium despite doping allegations


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Embattled teenage Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva will compete in the women’s free skate on Thursday night at the Winter Olympics as she hopes for another potential medal amid a doping scandal.

If Valieva finishes in the top three of the competition, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has insisted there will be no flower ceremony or medal presentation in case the organization eventually has to strip her. of any potential medals she might win.

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Kamila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee trains at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Beijing.
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“There will be an asterisk against the results as they will obviously be preliminary pending investigation,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “Would we rather not have all that?” Absoutely.

Valieva was declared eligible to compete in this week’s women’s event by the Court of Arbitration for Sport as her case went through the anti-doping system. Valieva led the women’s competition after the short program.

RUSSIAN OLYMPIC SKATER KAMILA VALIEVA TESTED POSITIVE FOR THREE HEART DRUGS: REPORTS

Kamila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee competes in the women's short program during figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing.

Kamila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee competes in the women’s short program during figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing.
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The 15-year-old figure skater tested positive for three different substances meant to improve heart function in a sample taken before arriving in Beijing, according to The New York Times. Documents reviewed by paper revealed that the Stockholm lab that first detected the presence of trimetazidine in its sample taken on December 25 at the 2022 Russian Figure Skating Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia, also showed evidence of two other substances not banned worldwide. Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

According to a brief filed by WADA, Valieva listed the substances on a doping control form: L-carnitine and Hypoxene.

Two sources with knowledge of the briefing who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity said the AMA argued that the presence of the two substances undermines Valieva’s argument that the banned drug accidentally entered her body. system.

Kamila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee warms up before the women's short program during figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing.

Kamila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee warms up before the women’s short program during figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing.
(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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An IOC official said on Tuesday that during her audition where she was finally allowed to compete, Valieva said the banned substance may have been the result of contamination from drugs her grandfather took regularly.

Paulina Dedaj of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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