Kamila Valieva is a real surprise at this year's Olympic Games, and she impressed many with her performances The gold of 15-year-old Kamila Valieva and the Russian team in figure skating in Beijing is endangered Two days ago, the news broke from Beijing that 15-year-old Russian Kamila Valieva became the first lady to make a quadruple turn at the Olympic Games, and some 48 hours later the young skater received a positive doping test.
With two masterful performances on ice, Valieva was the most deserving for the gold that the Russian Olympic team deserved in the competition between Japan and the United States, but now the big question is whether Russia will win it at all.
The medal ceremony was postponed after the doping control showed that she was positive for Trimetazidine, a drug used in the treatment of heart diseases, specifically angina pectoris. Russian media, which were the first to disclose this news, claim that the mentioned substance helped it increase blood flow and improve endurance, as well as that this medicine is on the list of illicit substances of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
It is still not clear whether the Olympic Committee of Russia will file an appeal, but the appearance of the 15-year-old at today's training in the Olympic Village unequivocally shows that neither Valieva nor the entire Russian team accepts a potential decision that would eliminate her from further competition.
"She has not been suspended," said Russian Olympic Committee spokeswoman Olga Yermolina.
Kamila Valieva is protected?
According to the World Anti-Doping Code, Vali is a "protected person", because she has not yet turned 16.
Currently, several legal teams are involved in the whole case, which should get an epilogue soon. If Valieva is punished, due to the fact that she is not yet 16, the sanction should be less than usual. The most famous case of doping with Trimetazidine dates back to 2014, and the focus was on the Chinese swimming star Sun Yang.
Due to the positive test, Yang endured a suspension of three months. Let us remind you, Valieva is not the first woman ever to make a quadruple turn. Many ladies performed it in training, but they avoided it at the Olympic Games because it was not adequately scored until this year's edition, and it carried a high risk of error and failure.
With the change in the scoring system, that is, as it began to be appreciated more, Valieva decided to try and succeed. Kamila Valieva has delighted the whole world, but things could change if all this is confirmed and if she is punished.