Figure skating – According to Russian media, a teenage star has tested positive for a banned drug

  • Russian newspapers say teenager tested positive for angina drug
  • No medal rollover details provided
  • Russians compete as Russian Olympic Committee due to sanctions

BEIJING, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Russian media reported on Wednesday that 15-year-old figure skater Kamila Valieva had tested positive for a banned drug, after the ceremony to present her and her teammates with their gold medals Olympics has been postponed for unexplained reasons. legal reasons.

RBC and Kommersant newspapers named the drug Trimetazidine, which is used to treat angina pectoris.

The news came late at night in Beijing, where Valieva was part of the entire Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) that won the figure skating team event on Monday ahead of the United States and Japan.

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Reuters attempted to reach the ROC’s head of mission for comment, but his phone was unanswered. The ROC had previously declined to comment on reports that Valieva had returned a positive test.

Trimetazidine is on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of metabolic modulators and is prohibited in-competition and out-of-competition.

Russian athletes are taking part in the Beijing Games as representatives of the ROC, without their flag or national anthem, due to sanctions against their country for past doping violations.

Any decision to penalize Valieva or deprive the team of its medal would likely cause an uproar in Russia.

Prominent journalist Vasily Konov, deputy general producer of Russian sports channel Match-TV, said without citing sources that the sample in question was taken two months ago.

“The drug trimetazidine does not help an athlete in any way. At all. It was found in a single sample in December. A trace amount. Nothing in his samples before or since,” he wrote on social media. .

“There is no doping in the conventional sense of the word. No! This heart medication has no impact on… performance. Now leave Kamila alone.”

Former Russian pair skater Tatiana Volosozhar, who won two gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, offered words of support to Valieva on Instagram, calling for the use of the Russian hashtag #Iwillneverbelieve to send a support for teenage girl on social media.

Her post was “liked” on Instagram by Valieva herself.

Earlier, the International Olympic Committee said a need for “legal consultation” had forced the postponement of the medal ceremony for the figure skating team event in Beijing.

“You can bet your last dollar that we are doing everything to get this situation resolved as soon as possible. I can’t give you more details but we will do our best,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said.

The IOC, the International Skating Union and the international agency in charge of drug testing during the Games all declined to comment on media reports that the delay was due to a positive drug test.

Russia’s sports ministry said it was premature to comment on media reports about the reason for the postponement.

Valieva delivered one of the highlights of the Beijing Games so far when she landed the first quadruple jumps by a woman in Olympic competition. She was one of four ROC skaters who did not show up for their practices on Wednesday.

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Additional reporting by Maria Kiselyova and Vladimir Soldatkin, writing by Mark Trevelyan Editing by Christian Radnedge

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