Kamila Valieva: Russian figure skater ready to compete after Beijing 2022 doping controversy


The ongoing controversy surrounding her positive doping test is yet to be resolved, but the 15-year-old is free to compete in the domestic competition to be held from March 25-27.

This comes just a month after Valieva became the face of the Games, but for all the wrong reasons.

The teenager had been touted to dazzle and she did it first – making history as the first woman to land a quad jump at the Winter Olympics by helping the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to win gold in the team event.

But she was later suspended after it was discovered that she had tested positive for the banned heart drug trimetazidine in December 2021, although the result was only analyzed and reported to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) until ‘in February.

RUSADA lifted Valieva’s suspension the following day, but the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Skating Union (ISU) filed appeals against the lifting of the ban.

But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled he should stay up and Valieva was free to compete in the individual figure skating event, where the youngster fell several times and left the ice in tears, finishing at the fourth place.

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RUSADA has six months from the date of notification of Valieva’s breach to make a decision on whether to impose sanctions.

The AMA said it would investigate those around Valieva – the adults responsible for her skating and well-being – following her positive trimetazidine test in December.

This includes his coach Eteri Tutberidze, who is known for coaching some of the best figure skaters in the world. The coach told Russian TV in February she was “absolutely sure Kamila is innocent and clean” after her athlete tested positive.

Russians and Belarusians are currently barred from participating in this week’s World Figure Skating Championships in Montpellier, France, as the sports world continues to turn its back on Vladimir Putin amid the ongoing invasion from Ukraine.

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