Figure skater Kamila Valjeva has been getting a lot of attention during the Beijing Olympics. Just before the 16-year-old took part, it became known that she had submitted a positive doping test for the banned substance trimetazidine in December.
However, she was allowed to participate because she was only 15 years old and therefore not old enough to be subject to the IOC’s doping rules.
Recently, Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) concluded that the 16-year-old could not be blamed for a positive doping test. The newspaper online.
WADA reacts to this conclusion. According to a statement issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency:
Based on elements of the case already known, we are concerned to conclude that the athlete bears no liability, and will not hesitate to exercise our right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if we deem it appropriate.
Journalist and author Hajo Seibelt has been one of the most popular doping journalists for several years. Like the World Anti-Doping Agency, Seppelt reacts strongly to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s conclusion.
– silly. This happens in non-democratic opaque mathematical structures. It seems that Russian sports are not able to create credible independent structures. But the IOC wants Russian athletes in Paris …, he writes on Twitter.
Paris will host the Olympic Games in 2024.
After the Olympics in Beijing, the Russian girl was invited to an Olympic party with Vladimir Putin.
There he gave the 16-year-old a clear message that she had done nothing wrong before, during or after the Olympics:
– She was able to blend all the most important elements of figure skating: she was beautiful and showed strength and sensitivity. You have raised this sport to a new level. You cannot reach that level through doping or manipulation, Putin said, according to Reuters.
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