Figure Skater Skates around Banned Substance in the Olympics

Estephania Anaya-Lopez

Despite testing positive for the use of trimetazidine, a banned substance, on December 25, 2021, Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva is allowed to continue competing at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

After six hours of testimony, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that Valieva would be permitted to compete, though any medal ceremonies involving Valieva would not go on. Being 15 years old, Valieva is treated as a minor and, as such, will possibly receive only a reprimand. However, based on the World Anti-Doping Code, will investigate her support group.

German skater Katarina Witt spoke in support of Valieva, saying, “As an athlete, you always follow the advice of your confidants; in this case, she probably followed her coach and medical team.” The Russian Figure Skating Federation, Kremlin Spokesperson, and Russian Olympic Committee have also extended their support.