Olympics: The ruling is in for 15-year-old Kamila Valieva, the ROC skater
The GIST: Overnight, 15-year-old Kamila Valieva — the ROC skater at the center of a doping scandal — was cleared, with conditions, to skate in tomorrow’s women’s singles short program. A dramatic conclusion to this bombshell story.
The decision: Despite testing positive for a banned heart medication in December (and only receiving the result last week), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to lift Valieva’s provisional suspension.
- CAS cited “exceptional circumstances” as a factor in their decision, including that Valieva, a minor, is a “protected person.” Yeah right.
The response: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not hold a medal ceremony should Valieva make the podium, which is highly likely after she placed first in last week’s team event.