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Olympics: Russian skater Kamila Valieva disqualified, served with four-year ban

Jan 29, 2024

After nearly two years, the results of an investigation into Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva are complete, and Valieva has been retroactively disqualified from the 2022 Olympic Games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland has ruled that Valieva violated anti-doping rules and instituted a four-year ban dating from Dec. 25, 2021. As a result, all of Valieva's results from that date forward, including at the 2022 Olympic Games, have been voided.

Most notably, this affects the results of the team figure skating event, which took place on Feb. 7, 2022. At that event, Russia — with Valieva as a member — won gold, the United States won silver and Japan won bronze. However, the IOC did not present the athletes with their medals because there were already questions at the time about Valieva. Then 15, Valieva was found to have tested positive for trimetazidine, a banned heart medication, at a Russian event a few weeks before the Olympics.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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