Olympic figure skating champion Kamila Valieva claims she may have tested positive for a banned drug after sharing a glass of water with a GRANDPA who is on heart attack medication.
- Valieva made a strange statement defending herself from allegations of doping.
- She claims that the trimetazidine found in her system could have belonged to her grandfather.
- The drug is a heart medicine, but it can also be used to improve performance.
- Valieva won gold last week; may lose it when the investigation is completed
It is alleged that scandal-affected Olympic figure skater Kamila Valieva failed a doping test due to her grandfather’s heart condition and the medication he is taking.
The evidence was presented to an arbitration panel, which heard her statement on Sunday evening and allowed the 15-year-old gold medalist to continue competing in the Winter Olympics.
It is alleged that the illicit drug entered the body of a teenager due to the fact that she drank a glass of water with her grandfather, who takes medication for heart disease.
At the International Olympic Committee’s daily briefing, member Denis Oswald confirmed that Valieva’s argument for lifting her suspension was “an infection that happened to a product her grandfather was taking.”
The Pravda publication reported that the mother of the 15-year-old athlete Alsu Valieva and her lawyer Anna Kozmenko proposed to the skater at a meeting of the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Sunday.
Valieva shared this photo on Facebook on Tuesday after she was allowed to continue skating.
The gold medalist, pictured Feb. 7, claims that the trimetazidine found in her system may have been accidentally swallowed when she drank a glass of water with her grandfather.
She was cleared to continue competing at the Winter Olympics on Monday but is awaiting a later hearing to determine if she will be found guilty of testing positive for trimetazidine last Christmas.
According to Pravda, CAS was told that Valieva’s grandfather, who reportedly has an artificial heart, may have left traces of saliva on the grass before the feeling of rolling subsequently drank from her.
Valieva, meanwhile, broke her silence, saying the trimetazidine doping scandal left her crying and “emotionally exhausted.”
She will compete as the top favorite in individual skating on Tuesday, after a week in which she has been at the epicenter of an international storm.
She told the Russian TV channel Channel One: “These days were very difficult for me emotionally. I am happy, but emotionally tired.
“That’s why those tears of joy and a little bit of sadness. But, of course, I am glad to take part in the Olympic Games. I will do my best to represent our country.
“Apparently, this is the stage that I have to go through. I hear so many good wishes. I saw outdoor banners in Moscow. It is very nice, this support is very important for me in this difficult time. I thought I was alone, but my closest friends and family will never leave me.”
Valieva can participate in the upcoming competitions and is the favorite to win. She may lose the gold she has already earned, depending on the results of the ongoing investigation into her behavior.
Her comments follow an unsuccessful attempt by the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Skating Union to convince the Court of Arbitration for Sport to impose a temporary suspension.
Instead, Valieva has been given a reprieve and will seek a second win at the Games after inspiring Russia to team gold.
WADA has already said there will be an investigation into Valieva’s entourage to determine how she tested positive, while the IOC has said there will be no individual awards ceremony if Valieva finishes in the top three.
The US criticized the decision to let the troubled teenager continue to compete in Beijing and said it hindered a “level playing field”.
‘The only difference I see is that I’m black’: American track and field star Sha’Karri Richardson, banned from the Olympics for smoking weed, denounces double standards
American track and field athlete Shakarri Richardson has criticized the International Olympic Committee for double standards after it allowed 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva to compete despite an ongoing investigation into her failed doping test.
The 21-year-old tweeted on Monday that “no black athlete” has been able to compete while under doping investigation and that the only difference between “her situation and mine” is the color of their skin.
Can we get a clear answer about the difference between her and my situation? she wrote on Twitter on Monday. “My mother passed away and I can’t run and also made it into the top three. The only difference I see is that I am a black lady.
“It’s all about the skin,” she continued. ‘[By the way] THC is definitely not a performance enhancer!!!!’
Richardson was disqualified from the 2020 Tokyo Games after testing positive for marijuana after her Olympic trials test came back. She claimed to have smoked marijuana after learning from a reporter that her biological mother had died.
By comparison, Valieva tested positive for the banned heart drug trimetazidine in December at her national championships. Oddly enough, the anti-doping authorities did not release the results until last Tuesday, after she became a star a day earlier when Russia won gold in the team event.
On Monday, a panel of the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that she would be allowed to compete because she is a protected person under the age of 16.
Trimetazidine is a heart drug that can increase blood flow efficiency and improve endurance, and is abused by some Russian athletes to improve performance. The drug is banned by WADA both in and out of competition.
21-year-old American track and field athlete Shakarri Richardson criticized the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport to allow 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva to continue competing in the Olympics after testing positive for trimetazidine (TMZ).