Russian athlete wins gold medal after testing positive for drugs.

Russ­ian teenag­er failed drug test before win­ning Olympics gold
The Russ­ian ath­lete embroiled in a dop­ing con­tro­ver­sy failed her dop­ing test before win­ning her Olympic gold medal, we have learned.

Kami­la Valie­va made head­lines this week when it was revealed she had test­ed pos­i­tive for the banned sub­stance Trimetazi­dine, which is typ­i­cal­ly used to treat chest pain.

The 15-year-old is part of the Russ­ian Olympic Com­mit­tee (ROC) team that won gold in the fig­ure skat­ing event on Mon­day (Feb­ru­ary 7th).

It has now been revealed that the teenag­er test­ed pos­i­tive for the drug on Decem­ber 25, 2021 dur­ing Rus­si­a’s annu­al fig­ure skat­ing cham­pi­onships in St Peters­burg, accord­ing to the Dai­ly Mail.

Despite Valieva’s pos­i­tive result, the coun­try’s anti-dop­ing agency allowed her to par­tic­i­pate in the Bei­jing Win­ter Olympics.

How­ev­er, the Swedish experts did not report on the sam­ple until Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 8, after Valie­va had won its gold medal.

Fol­low­ing the news, she was sus­pend­ed by her fed­er­a­tion. But after appeal­ing the deci­sion, she was lat­er allowed to com­pete again.

She can now aim for anoth­er medal, this time in wom­en’s indi­vid­ual skat­ing in which she is an over­whelm­ing favorite to win gold again.

How­ev­er, the Inter­na­tion­al Test­ing Agency (ITA) dis­putes the deci­sion to allow Valie­va to return to the games.

An ITA spokesper­son said: “Under the World Anti-Dop­ing Code, the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA), the Inter­na­tion­al Skat­ing Union (ISU), RUSADA and the IOC have the right to appeal the deci­sion to lift the pro­vi­sion­al sus­pen­sion before the Court of Arbi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS).

“The IOC will exer­cise its right to appeal and not wait for RUSADA’s rea­soned deci­sion, as a deci­sion is need­ed before the next com­pe­ti­tion in which the ath­lete is sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate (in wom­en’s indi­vid­ual skat­ing on Feb­ru­ary 15).

“Fol­low­ing the del­e­ga­tion of the IOC’s anti-dop­ing pro­gram in rela­tion to the Olympic Games to the ITA, the ITA will con­duct the appeal before CAS on behalf of the IOC.”

Under World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) rules, it is manda­to­ry that the ath­lete who tests pos­i­tive for banned sub­stances be pub­licly named.

As Valie­va is under 16, she is con­sid­ered by WADA to be a “pro­tect­ed per­son” and should have remained anonymous.

How­ev­er, the ITA said it was forced to issue a state­ment on the mat­ter after it was wide­ly reported.

TMZ, which increas­es blood flow to the heart, has been banned by WADA since 2014 and the US Anti-Dop­ing Agency says it can improve ath­letes’ per­for­mance in endurance events.

How­ev­er, Vasi­ly Konov, a jour­nal­ist with Russ­ian sports chan­nel Match-TV, said the drug did not improve per­for­mance in the tra­di­tion­al sense and it would not help him win.

Writ­ing on social media, Konov said: “The drug trimetazi­dine does not help an ath­lete in any way. At all. It was found in a sin­gle sam­ple in Decem­ber. A tiny amount. Noth­ing in his sam­ples before or since.

“There is no dop­ing in the con­ven­tion­al sense of the word. No! This heart med­ica­tion has no impact on…performance. Now leave Kami­la alone.”

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