Russian athlete tests positive for drug use

Benjamin Haslam, Head Copy Editor

Kamila Valieva, a 15-year-old Russian Olympic figure skater, tested positive for trimetazidine, a performance-enhancing drug banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), along with two other legal drugs.

Valieva led the women’s Russian figure skating team to win a gold medal after being cleared to compete after a court hearing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Valieva performed a historic skate, becoming the first woman to land a quadruple jump at the Olympics.

WADA barred Russia from competing in the 2020 and 2022 Olympics officially. However, the athletes who were not involved in the country’s state-sponsored doping were allowed to compete as unaffiliated athletes. 

Russia has a history of  state-sponsored doping since 2014, with multiple allegations coming from former Russian athletes. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Russia’s national anti-doping laboratory, admitted to switching out dirty samples for clean ones, and stated that at least 15 medalists from the 2014 Sochi Games were part of the state-sponsored doping program.