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15-Year-Old Russian Skater Given OK to Compete After Testing Positive for Banned Substance

HeadlineFeb 14, 2022

In Olympic news, 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva will be allowed to compete in the women’s single skating competition Tuesday, even though she tested positive for a banned heart medication that can increase athletic endurance. The decision will allow Russia’s Olympic Committee to keep Valieva’s gold medal in last week’s team event. However, Valieva won’t be allowed to participate in any medal ceremonies until her case is resolved. In 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency banned the Russian Federation from the Olympic Games and other international sporting events amid revelations of widespread state-sponsored doping among athletes. Russian athletes can still compete in the Olympics, but Russia’s flag and national anthem are prohibited at the games.

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