According to a report, the Russian Olympic Committee figure skater Kamila Valieva, who is at the center of her country’s latest doping scandal, refused to speak with reporters after her most recent Olympic performance.
Following her first-place skate in the women’s short program on Tuesday evening, the 15-year-old quickly rushed past reporters in the media briefing room.
In a video online, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s Marie Morrissey shared on Twitter, Valieva can be seen shaking her head and avoiding interviews while walking through the “mixed zone,” where athletes typically are required to fulfill their media obligations.
According to the Associated Press, it was said that Kamila Valieva’s eligibility to compete came under question last week after news emerged that she’d failed a drug test in December. She tested positive for trimetazidine, a drug the World Anti-Doping Agency categorizes as a “hormone and metabolic modulator.”
It was stated that, when taken without proper cause, the drug can bolster endurance and improve circulation. Both effects could give a high-level figure skater a significant competitive advantage.
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The 15-year-old was initially slapped with a provisional suspension from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency after the positive test surfaced. But following a swift appeal, the ban was overturned on February 9.
The International Olympic Committee then challenged that decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The court issued a ruling that lifted Valieva’s provisional suspension and paved the way for the teen to participate in Tuesday’s women’s singles short program on Monday.
Many close to the sport slammed the decision to keep Valieva in the field.
Kamila Valieva then took the ice Tuesday evening in Beijing. And even though she stumbled on an early jump, she skated well enough to earn a score of 82.16 and finish first in the competition.
It was said that she cried at the center of the rink after completing the performance.
Now, It was gathered that Valieva moves on to Thursday’s medal event as the favorite to win it all.
But the IOC will not allow her — or any other competitor — to collect their medals in a ceremony if the teen finishes in the top three.