Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, known for being the first female skater to successfully execute a quadruple jump at the Winter Olympics, has been handed a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The ban is related to a positive doping sample provided during the Russian national championships when Valieva was 15 years old. The ban is retroactive to December 25, 2021, and she will be stripped of all titles, prizes, medals, and awards earned since that date. Valieva had claimed her positive drug test resulted from mistakenly taking a heart medication prescribed to her grandfather.
The CAS panel ruled that Valieva had not sufficiently proven she had not intentionally committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV), and her status as a minor did not exempt her from accountability. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had previously decided not to allocate medals for the team event in which Valieva participated. The final standings for the team event in the Beijing Games will be determined by the International Skating Union (ISU).
Valieva’s ban allows her eligibility for the 2026 Winter Olympics, but questions remain about her ability to regain her former glory after the controversy and legal battles. The United States is expected to be awarded the gold medal in the team event, with Japan moving up to silver and Canada receiving the bronze.
Source – CGTN