ROC Skater Kamila Valieva Tested Positive for banned substance, ITA confirm

The future of the 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva at these Winter Olympics remains in limbo despite the International Testing Agency (ITA) confirming that she tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine on Christmas Day

Valieva, who captured the hearts of the world when she became the first female skater to perform a quad at the Games as the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) won a brilliant team gold at the start of this week

has appealed her provisional suspension and hopes to compete again in the individual competition next Tuesday.

However whether she is allowed to compete or not – along with whether the ROC team can keep its team gold – will be contested in a courtroom after the world anti-doping agency requested the court of arbitration for sport to convene on the issue

Valieva was back practising on Friday, when she looked understandably nervous and fell three times during her free skate routine

Afterwards she covered her face when walking through the mixed zone and didn’t answer question

However when asked by a journalist whether she was clean and had taken drugs, she appeared to shake her head

Olga Yermolina, spokeswoman for the Russian Figure Skating Federation, said that Valiyeva’s training had gone worse than usual because she was “nervous” and “in a bad mood

“It is understandable,” she said. “She is not in an information vacuum.”

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