The case of a 15-year-old Russian figure skater, Kamila Valieva, has been under worldwide scrutiny of late. She skated an amazing event at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and topped the team category, helping the Russian team walk away with the gold. Unfortunately, the medal was placed on hold when it was revealed that she tested positive for the heart drug trimetazidine during the Russian Nationals on December 25, 2022. The six-week delay in the release of her results, up to the Olympics, resulted in her being able to skate during the team event.
As of February 14, 2022, it was announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that Valieva can continue to participate in the Women’s events to take place the same week. The court partly decided on this thanks to her status as a minor.
Regarding the matter, Yuna Kim, who is known to be an icon in the field of figure skating, spoke up.
Athletes who violate the doping rules cannot compete in competitions. This rule must be enforced without exceptions. all the dreams and efforts of every athlete is equally as precious.
— Yuna Kim
Netizens praised Yuna Kim for speaking out on such an important matter.
- “She’s right.”
- “God-Yuna… Really, they should get it together.”
- “When God-Yuna’s results were affected by doping she didn’t speak up and just accepted it but she’s so cool for speaking up at times like this.”
- “So right… Do you guys get it? You baseless people.”
The women’s figure skating shorts and free event will take place the week of February 14, 2022.
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