Doping scandal: how Valieva's story will affect Russian sports

 Doping scandal: how Valieva's story will affect Russian sports

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The doping scandal around Russian Kamila Valieva at the Winter Olympics in Beijing has positive aspects for Russian sport.

Columnist Semyon expressed this opinion Novoprudsky.

According to him, so far the doping case has not been investigated on its merits. Russia, as the columnist noted, has de facto recognized doping. According to the head of the disciplinary commission of the International Olympic Committee Denis Oswald, the figure skater explained that trimetazidine got into her body by the fact that her grandfather took it for the heart.

"Trimetazidine— it is not a “threshold drug”. That is, in relation to it there is no concept of “microdose”. It was explicitly banned by the anti-doping rules in 2014, no matter in what quantities it is found in any athlete. It doesn’t matter whether the sample was taken during the competition (as in the case of Kamila, this happened on December 25, 2021 at the Russian Championship) or during the out-of-competition period. What matters is whether it was found in the athlete's sample or not. In the case of Camila, obviously, it was ",– Novoprudsky added.

According to him, the decision of the IOC not to hold an awards ceremony for the winners and prize-winners of the team tournament in figure skating, if the figure skater is among the prize-winners, is legitimate and logical.

Among the good news for Russian sports from this, he noted two things. First, he recalled that Valieva was given the opportunity to compete at the Olympics and, if it was possible to prove the accidental ingestion of the drug, retaining the Olympic medals.

“She probably won’t have a second chance like this. If the rules of women's figure skating do not change and do not increase the age limit for admission to adult competitions, only girls of 15-16 years old will be able to win, and at 19 they already become “weak old women.” Jump combinations with quadruple jumps and the “quads” themselves for purely physiological reasons, girls after 17-18 years old can with great difficulty or cannot at all. And without such jumps, the Olympics and the world championships cannot be won, & ndash; he added.

The second piece of good news he called Oswald's words that the IOC does not link Valieva's case with doping scandals during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

“For the Russian sports, the absence of such a connection is critically important. In any case, it is clear that Russia's reputation as a serial doping violator instantly turns any case of doping among our athletes into a global scandal. In the story with Valieva, one of three things happened: a tragic accident, criminal negligence, or a direct crime. There are no questions for Camila herself, she – child and hardly even knew the word “trimetazidine”. But the investigation into her coaching staff in Russia itself should be honest and impartial. And its results should be made public”, – he added.

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