— Published 10 February 2022

Russian skater suspected of doping

A first case of doping at the Beijing Games? According to several media, including the Russian daily RBC, skater Kamila Valieva tested positive for trimetazidine last December. The youngest athlete in the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) delegation was 15 years old and competed in the team figure skating event at the start of the Games. The medal ceremony for this event was postponed, officially due to a “legal problem“. It has still not taken place. Trimetazidine is present in a drug for people suffering from angina. It has already been detected several times in high-level sport since it was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2014. Still a minor, Kamila Valieva is among the so-called “protected” athletes at the Beijing Games due to her young age. This status means that her name should not be disclosed in the event of a doping case. The IOC, when asked about the case at its daily press conference in Beijing on Thursday morning, said through its spokesman, Mark Adams, that it could not disclose the case. “A legal procedure is underway, he explained. But at this stage, it is only speculation.” The ROC team won the team figure skating event on Monday 7 February, ahead of the USA and Japan. Three days after the competition, the medals have still not been awarded to the athletes concerned.