Russian Olympian Kamila Valieva has tested positive for angina pectoris medication, after likely ingesting something contaminated with her grandfather’s medication
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive committee has defended its decision to allow Russian ice-skating star Kamila Valieva to compete, saying its explanation of how a banned angina drug could entering his body seemed plausible.
Valieva’s positive doping test, which came to light after she helped her team win gold, has dominated coverage of the ongoing Olympics in Beijing. Denis Oswald, a board member who heads the IOC’s Disciplinary Commission, responded to criticism of the decision to let the 15-year-old continue her participation by saying her case had nothing to do with allegations of State-organized doping, which Russia faced in 2014.
Russian athletes are banned from competing under the national flag due to the scandal and have come under increased scrutiny from sports officials and the media.
Responding to questions at a daily press conference, Oswald confirmed earlier reports in Russian media that Valieva and the Russian team had suggested accidental contamination may have been the cause of her positive test. They said his grandfather was taking the drug trimetazidine for heart disease.
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