Court lets Russian figure skater compete despite failed drug test

Russian Olympic figure skater Kamila Valieva will be allowed to keep competing in the the Beijing Winter Olympics, but no medals will be handed out for anyone yet for events where she finishes in the top 3.

Why it matters: Valieva is a favorite to win the women's individual figure skating event, which begins on Tuesday.

– The World Anti-Doping Agency, one of several groups that appealed to The Court of Arbitration for Sport to try and stop Valieva from competing, said it's "disappointed" with the ruling, accusing the panel of failing to apply the terms of WADA's code in Valieva's case.

– U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland noted in a statement Russia's history of state-run doping programs, saying: "This appears to be another chapter in the systematic and pervasive disregard for clean sport by Russia."

Details: The CAS panel ruled that banning Valieva from the Beijing Olympics would cause her "irreparable harm," noting there were "exceptional circumstances" in her case and that she's a minor and, therefore, a "protected person."

– CAS said there had been "serious issues of untimely notification of the results" that affected Valieva's "ability to establish certain legal requirements for her benefit while such late notification was not her fault."

– So far, there will be no ceremony for the team skating event won by Valieva and the Russian team.

The big picture: Valieva was in the Russian Olympic Committee group that beat the U.S. into second place in the team figure skating competition last Monday.

– The medal ceremony was delayed following a Swedish lab's report a day later that she'd tested positive for the banned heart drug trimetazidine. It transpired that Valieva returned the result at the Russian national championships on Dec. 25.

– She successfully appealed her initial suspension to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. WADA, the International Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union and other groups petitioned CAS to challenge this decision.

Between the lines: The CAS ruling doesn't address the gold medal she won with Team ROC last week

– It has only determined that she can continue skating at the Beijing Games.

What to watch: WADA will decide whether Team ROC can keep the gold medal it won over the U.S. at a date yet to be announced publicly.

It's unclear if this would be before the end of the Beijing Winter Olympic

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