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Organizers to not let Kamila Valieva’s case impact Paris 2024

The case of Kamila Valieva, the 15-year-old Russian teen figure skater has become the biggest news coming out of the ongoing 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Following the ruckus of the teen’s dope test failure, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) did allow Valieva to continue per participation at the ongoing Games. However, the organisers of the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris want to make sure that Valieva’s case does not make an impact on the event.

Paris 2024 organizers want to use Kamila Valieva’s case “to make sure that it does not happen again”

Just days after winning a team figure skating gold at the ongoing Beijing Winter Olympics and becoming the first woman ever to land a quadruple jump at the Games, Kamila Valieva was found to have failed a dope test from December. It was revealed that traces of the banned heart drug Trimetazidine, also known as TMZ, was found in the urine samples of Valieva. TMZ is categorized under World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of prohibited substances as “hormone and metabolic modulator” since 2014, and both its in and out of competition use is illegal for athletes.

Aside from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing on Sunday which granted Valieva clearance to continue at the Winter Games, the athlete had received sympathy from the figure skater fraternity and fans while accusations were brought up against her coaches, medical officials, and authorities. Valieva’s legal team had cited that the positive test was possibly due to her grandfather’s heart medication and claimed that she could have been contaminated from a glass of water that contained traces of the substance.

However, the Summer Olympics in 2024, which is the bigger and more popular edition of the grand quadrennial event compared to its Winter counterpart, is aimed to be made free from the Valieva case by the organizers.

“Paris 2024 is 100% committed to the fight against doping and is working in close coordination with all stakeholders to ensure the fairness of the competitions in 2024 and the protection of athletes,” the organizers revealed to Reuters in a statement, “We must use this situation (the Valieva case) to make sure that it does not happen again.” [H/T Sportstar]

Highlights:

  • The organizers of the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris don’t want the case of Kamila Valieva to impact the event
  • Valieva, the 15-year-old Russian figure skater failed her dope test but was allowed to continue participating at the ongoing Beijing Winter Olympics
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