Russian Skater Kamila Valieva Claims ‘Positive Drug Test’ Is Due To ‘Medication Mix-Up’

Kamila Valieva Drug Test: The 15-year-old Russian skater has blamed 'positive test' on a 'medication mix-up'.
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Russian skater Kamilla Valieva has claimed that her ‘positive drug test’ was down to a ‘medication mix-up’. 

The chair of the International Olympic Committee Disciplinary Commission, Denis Oswald, has released a statement in which he claims the teenager suffered from a ‘contamination’ of the heart drug trimetazidine, which is medicine her grandfather supposedly takes. 

He said: “Her argument was this contamination happened with a product her grandfather was taking.

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“She presented elements which brought some doubts about her guilt, and also she was in a very special situation that the Olympic Games take place every four years, and if she would miss the competition at this Games, the damage could not be repaired.”

The Court of Arbitration (CAS) heard her case over the weekend and ruled that she would still be allowed to compete. 

Afterwards, Valieva spoke to the Russian state broadcaster Channel One and commented: “These days have been very difficult for me. I’m happy but I’m tired emotionally.” 

CAS’s decision has since been criticised by US track star Sha’Carri Richardson, who was forced to miss out on the 2021 Games when she tested positive for marijuana.

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The 21-year-old has taken to Twitter and said that the ‘only difference between her Kamila Valieva is that she’s black’.

Richardson tweeted: “Can we get a solid answer on the difference of her situation and mine? My mother died and I can’t run and was also favoured to place top 3.

“The only difference I see is I’m a black young lady.”

According to Inside the Games, Valieva ‘failed the drug test’ before the team competition.

The medal ceremony was reportedly delayed as a result, and at the time it was blamed on a ‘legal issue’. 

A statement was released by the International Testing Agency (ITA) at the time, which read: “Any announcement connected to these events would always be publicly issued on the ITA’s website and not commented on otherwise.” 

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.