Why Kamila Valieva is still allowed to compete in Olympic figure skating after positive drug test – For The Win

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Welcome to FTW Explains: a guide to catching up on and better understanding stuff going on in the world. You may have seen controversy involving Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva after a positive drug test and wondered why she’s able to continue competing at the 2022 Olympics. We’re here to help.
That pretty much sums it up, right? Valieva — competing as part of the “ROC” — took the ice on Tuesday to compete in women’s figure skating, despite the fact that she failed a drug test before the Olympics in Beijing.
If you’re wondering what’s up with that, we have some answers:
She’s a 15-year-old Russian figure skater who just won gold for the ROC in the team event in Beijing, landing the first two quad jumps in women’s history last week.
But when the medal ceremony for the team event was delayed due to a positive test, word began circulating that it may have involved Valieva.
It wasn’t long after that we learned it was Valieva, who test positive for trimetazidine, a heart medication “banned under anti-doping rules because it can increase blood flow and endurance,” per USA TODAY Sports.
Nope.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that a suspension wouldn’t happen. Per USA TODAY Sports:
The CAS panel reasoned that the six-week delay from the time Valieva’s sample was collected to the time she was informed of the positive result was “not her fault” and noted her special status as a “protected person” under world anti-doping rules, because she is not yet 16.
“In particular, the Panel considered that preventing the Athlete from competing at the Olympic Games would cause her irreparable harm in these circumstances,” CAS wrote in its decision.
You are correct. A sampling of the reaction from the figure skating world:
Sha’Carri Richardson, the United States sprinter who wasn’t allowed to compete at the Tokyo Olympics due to a positive test for THC, had this to say:
Oh wait! It gets wilder!
The International Olympic Committee announced there would be no medal ceremony for the team figure skating event, and if Valieva medals in the women’s individual event, there would be no flower or medal ceremony, robbing others who would get a medal of the experience.
Her attorneys have. From USA TODAY Sports:
Attorneys for Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva argued that the banned substance trimetazidine entered her system through a medication that her grandfather takes, a member of the International Olympic Committee confirmed Tuesday.
She sure did:
She’s in the lead after the short program.

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Charles is a writer for For The Win. He once dropped an easy foul ball at Shea Stadium and was booed by 35,000 angry Mets fans (and hasn't recovered from it).
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