Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva has tested positive for a banned substance

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15-year-old Russian star skater Kamila Valieva has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance.

Russia 15-year-old star skater Kamila Valieva has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance.
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Just seven years after a vast Russian state-sponsored doping program was discovered, and two years later Russia was consequently sanctioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Russian Olympic Committee 15-year-old star skater Kamila Valieva has tested positive for a banned substancedelaying the team figure skating medal ceremony at the Beijing Olympics.

The IOC and the Olympics have a history of ignoring violations major and minor to keep the Games going and the major competitors in the game, so while Russia is technically not allowed to participate in international sporting events, it is only a ban. in name. Putin was still at the opening ceremony, Russian athletes have continued to compete under the name “Russian Olympic Committee” and the ban was even shortened from four to two years on appeal. The only real ban is any depiction of the Russian flag or national anthem – so essentially nothing has changed.

And (shocked) here we are again in the midst of yet another Russian doping scandal – nothing new, as these allegations date back to the Soviet era and have impacted almost all Olympic Games since Beijing 2008. Russian newspapers report that Valieva was found with Trimetazidine in her system, a drug used to treat angina that was added to WADA’s list of banned substances in 2014 because it may help with stamina and increase blood flow.

Several athletes have been sentenced to brief competition bans after testing positive for trimetazidine in several sports, but Valieva’s case may be different. Not yet 16 years old, she is considered a ‘protected person’, which could lessen a possible sentence by releasing her from responsibility, as she may not have known what she was taking, per ESPN

The outcome of the ongoing investigation will determine not only whether Russia — excuse me, the Russian Olympic Committee — will keep their gold in the team competition, but also whether Valieva will be allowed to compete in the individual figure skating events, in which she is expected to win gold. . The positive test was obtained before the Games started, according to the Associated Press† Valieva appeared on the ice earlier today at her regularly scheduled practice time.

These Olympics have already suffered quite a bit from bad press and low ratings. By China’s Man-Made Snow and Terrible Catering for NBCs Coverage from Mikaela Shiffrin’s DNF, from the general lack of interest and pointless diplomatic boycotts to the disappearance of Peng Shuai – not to mention that bleak photo of the ski jump surrounded by concrete silos – yet another Russian doping scandal is the last thing the Olympic Need to play now, and yet not at all surprising.

While the IOC continues to operate under the pretense that politics and world affairs have no effect on the clean, spotless Olympics, that facade has long been unbreakable – crumbling before our eyes as Thomas Bach willfully overlooks every possible red flag is waving for him† Of course Russia is once again involved in a doping scandal – did you really think it would change the way their international teams have worked for the past ten years if they said they couldn’t play their national anthem?

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