Kamila Valieva claims she may have tested positive for banned drug after sharing water with GRANDPA


Scandal-hit Russian ice skater Kamila Valieva failed a doping take a look at earlier than the Beijing Winter Olympics due to contamination from treatment her grandfather was taking, her group has claimed.

The 15-year-old tested positive final Christmas for the angina drug trimetazidine, or TMZ, which can be utilized by athletes to enhance their efficiency – particularly in endurance sports activities.

It has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) record of prohibited substances since January 2014 and isn’t authorized for use in international locations together with the UK and US.

Her mom and authorized representatives claimed at a listening to that the banned drug entered {the teenager}’s as a result of she shared a glass of water with her grandfather who makes use of treatment for a coronary heart situation.

The argument was made at a Court of Arbitration for Sport listening to late Sunday evening by {the teenager}’s mom Alsu Valieva and her lawyer Anna Kozmenko, the publication Pravda first reported.

In the every day International Olympic Committee briefing, IOC member Denis Oswald confirmed Valieva’s argument for lifting her suspension was ‘contamination which occurred with a product her grandfather was taking’.

The CAS judges dominated Monday that Valieva can compete within the girls’s particular person occasion regardless of testing positive for a banned coronary heart treatment.

Although she can skate, the investigation will proceed for months, and she may be stripped of medals later. She helped the Russian group win gold final week and is the favorite within the girls’s occasion beginning Tuesday.     

Valieva shared this photograph on Facebook Tuesday, after she was allowed to proceed skating 

On Tuesday, Valieva joined Russian teammates Anna Shcherbakova and Alexandra Trusova at Capital Indoor Stadium for a last run-through hours earlier than the beginning of the ladies’s particular person competitors on the Beijing Games

Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, falls throughout a warm-up forward of the ladies’s brief program throughout the determine skating on the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday

Valieva appeared calm and assured in a purple dress of her brief program, set to ‘In Memorian’ by the composer Kirill Richter, although she did fall onerous on a triple axel throughout the session

Russian Olympic Committee’s Kamila Valieva warms up forward of the Women Single Skating

On Tuesday, Valieva joined Russian teammates Anna Shcherbakova and Alexandra Trusova at Capital Indoor Stadium for a last run-through hours earlier than the beginning of the ladies’s particular person competitors on the Beijing Games. 

Valieva appeared calm and assured in a purple dress of her brief program, set to ‘In Memorian’ by the composer Kirill Richter, although she did fall onerous on a triple axel throughout the session. 

She was watched carefully by her embattled coach, Eteri Tutberidze, who additionally coaches the opposite two Russian girls.  

Valieva and her entourage might be investigated by the Russian anti-doping company after the Olympics. Even if the Russian investigation clears her, the ruling will doubtless be appealed.

Oswald, a veteran sports activities lawyer who investigated Sochi Olympics doping scandal circumstances for the IOC, says attorneys for Valieva ‘offered parts that introduced some doubts about her guilt.’

The CAS panel cited a number of causes for permitting her to skate, together with her standing as a minor, the potential hurt to her career and the delay in informing Russia in regards to the positive take a look at, from a pattern taken on Dec. 25.

But even when she wins one other medal, the International Olympic Committee introduced no medals might be handed out in occasions that Valieva locations in till after the total investigation.

The teenager delivered one of many highlights of the Beijing Games to this point when she landed the primary quadruple jumps by a lady in Olympic competitors. 

But Valieva now awaits a later listening to to find out if she might be discovered responsible over her positive take a look at final Christmas.

The gold medalist, pictured February 7, claims trimetazidine present in her system may have been ingested unintentionally by sharing a glass of water with her grandpa 

Valieva is free to compete in upcoming occasions, and is favourite to win. She might lose the gold she has already scored relying on the outcomes of an ongoing probe into her conduct 

According to Pravda, it was put to CAS that Valieva’s grandfather, who reportedly has a man-made coronary heart, may have left traces of saliva on a grass earlier than the skating sensation subsequently drank from it.

Valieva, in the meantime, has damaged her silence by saying the trimetazidine doping scandal has left her tearful and ’emotionally fatigued’.

She will compete because the heavy favorite within the particular person determine skating on Tuesday, following per week by which she has been within the eye of a world storm.

She informed Russia’s TV Channel One: ‘These days have been very troublesome for me, emotionally. I’m completely happy however emotionally fatigued.

‘That is why these tears of pleasure and a bit little bit of disappointment. But, after all, I’m completely happy to participate within the Olympic Games. I’ll do my utmost to signify our nation.

‘Apparently, this can be a stage I have to dwell via. I hear so many good needs. I have seen outside banners in Moscow. It could be very pleasing, this assist is essential for me on this troublesome time. I believed I used to be alone however my closest family and friends won’t ever abandon me.’

Her feedback comply with an unsuccessful try by the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Skating Union to persuade the Court of Arbitration for Sport to impose a provisional suspension.

Valieva was as an alternative handed a reprieve and can push for a second win on the Games after inspiring Russia to group gold.

WADA have already stated an investigation might be carried out into Valieva’s entourage to determine how she got here to check positive, whereas the IOC have stated there might be no medal ceremony for the person occasion if Valieva finishes within the prime three.

The US has criticized the choice to permit the troubled teenager I proceed to compete in Beijing and stated it is prevents a ‘stage taking part in discipline.’ 

‘Only distinction I see is I’m black’: US observe star Sha’Carri Richardson who was banned from Olympics for smoking weed slams double normal

by Alyssa Guzman 

US observe star Sha’Carri Richardson has slammed the International Olympic Committee for double requirements after it allowed Russian determine skating phenomenon Kamila Valieva, 15, to compete regardless of an ongoing investigation into her failed doping take a look at.

The 21-year-old claimed in a tweet on Monday that ‘not one black athlete’ has been capable of compete whereas below investigation for doping, and that the one distinction between ‘her state of affairs and mine’ is the colour of their pores and skin. 

‘Can we get a stable answer on the distinction of her state of affairs and mine?’ she wrote on Twitter on Monday. ‘My mom died and I am unable to run and was additionally favored to position prime three. The solely distinction I see is I’m a black younger girl.’ 

‘It’s all within the pores and skin,’ she continued. ‘[By the way] THC is certainly not a efficiency enhancer!!!!’ 

Richardson was disqualified from the 2020 Tokyo Games after testing positive for the marijuana after her take a look at from the Olympic Trials got here again. She claimed she smoked marijuana after discovering out from a reporter that her organic mom died. 

In comparability, Valieva tested positive for banned coronary heart drug, trimetazidine, in December at her nationwide championships. Bizarrely, the outcomes weren’t reported by anti-doping authorities till final Tuesday after she was the star performer when Russia gained gold within the group self-discipline a day earlier. 

A Court of Arbitration for Sport panel dominated on Monday that she might be allowed to compete as a result of she is a protected particular person below the age of 16.

Trimetazidine is a coronary heart treatment drug that may enhance blood movement effectivity and enhance endurance and it has been abused by some Russian athletes to boost efficiency. The drug is banned each in and out-of-competition by WADA. 

US observe star Sha’Carri Richardson, 21, has slammed the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s resolution to permit Russian determine skater Kamila Valieva, 15, proceed to compete within the Olympics after testing positive for trimetazidine (TMZ)