June 26, 2022

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva has failed a doping test at a national meet last December and the Court of Arbitration for Sport will decided her further participation at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The International Testing Agency (ITA) mentioned that the 15-year-old Valieva, failed the test taken at the Russian national championships on Dec. 25, with her sample coming back positive on Feb. 8. She had helped the Russian Olympic Committee win figure skating team gold in Beijing.

The Russian testing agency RUSADA had banned her, but petitioned to have the ban lifted is pending an appeal.

The ITA mentioned that the International Olympic Committee has appealed RUSADA’s decision to lift the ban, with the CAS set to rule on the matter before the start of the women’s singles competition on Tuesday.

On Friday, the skater took part in official practice at the Capital Indoor Stadium skating venue. Although Valieva did flash some smiles, she pulled her hood down when transiting the mixed zone and declined to speak to the media.

Valieva currently holds the world records for points scored in the short program, free skate and combined total and had been the clear gold medal favorite.

The IOC mentioned that the ROC won gold by a big margin on Monday due to her domination of the women’s short program and free skate in the team competition, however, the medal ceremony was delayed for legal reasons.

Russian athletes in Beijing are competing under the Russian Olympic Committee banner due to a ban on the national team over allegations of orchestrated doping.