Russian skater Kamila Valieva, who tested slightly positive at the end of December for trimetazidine, a banned substance, was authorized on Monday February 14 to participate in the individual event of the Beijing Olympics on Tuesday, announced the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), whose she is the big favourite.
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The sports court has confirmed the lifting of the provisional suspension of the 15-year-old teenager by the Russian anti-doping agency (Rusada). “Preventing the athlete from competing in the Olympics would cause him irreparable harm”observed the three referees, even though his young age (under 16) implies specific rules of evidence and lightened penalties.
Doubts about his future
The young prodigy can therefore continue to defend her chances of individual Olympic gold, from her first season among seniors, even if nothing prevents her from being sanctioned within several months and seeing her results canceled there. included for the Olympics.
The women’s short program is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. on Tuesday February 15 and Kamila Valieva, who became the first skater to land quadruple jumps in Olympic history during the team competition a week ago, is due to skate at 2 p.m. 52 French time. The Russian teenager, a product of the harsh Eteri Tutberidze’s champion factory in Moscow, has only 24 hours to focus on the most important competition of her budding career, after several days of a huge storm.
Satisfaction of the Russian Olympic Committee
For the time being, this announcement delayed the medal ceremony for the team event, which will not ” probably not “ take place before the end of the Olympics, announced Monday morning the spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee.
Above all, she cast immense doubt on the future of Kamila Valieva’s Olympic destiny: temporarily suspended by Rusada at first, she obtained the lifting of this measure the next day, for reasons that remained mysterious. Reacting to the CAS announcement, the Russian Olympic Committee welcomed the decision of the sports legal body, which it described as “best news of the day”.