Kamila Valieva Cleared to Participate in Olympic Doping Scandal – NBC Chicago

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva has been cleared to compete in women’s figure skating competition at the Winter Olympics despite failing a doping test ahead of the Games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled after a hastily organized hearing that lasted until Monday morning that 15-year-old Valieva, favorite for women’s individual gold, did not need to be provisionally suspended before a full investigation .

Valieva tested positive for the heart drug trimetazidine on December 25 during the Russian national championships, but the result from a Swedish lab was only revealed a week ago, after helping the Russian Olympic Committee to win team gold.

NBC Sports has reported that Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva has tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine. What is trimetazidine and have athletes ever been caught using it?

Valieva’s two main rivals for gold are her own teammates, Alexandra Trusova and Anna Shcherbakova. All three share the same coach, Eteri Tutberidze, who is the subject of two investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian anti-doping agency into how a young athlete under her care tested positive.

The ruling did not decide what will happen to the gold medal Valieva has already won in the team event. This competition ended on February 7 with a landslide victory for the Russian team, but there was no medal ceremony due to continued uncertainty.

CAS was only deciding whether Valieva could continue skating until the December 25 positive test could be resolved through a full investigation.

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