Russian figure skating medals delayed amid drug test reports

Sadye Matula

Karolos Grohmann, Chang-Ran Kim and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber/Reuters Posted: Feb 9, 2022 / 11:27 AM CST | Updated: Feb 9, 2022 / 11:27 AM CST Gold medalists group from the Russian Olympic Committee celebrates next the victory ceremony soon after the team occasion in the determine skating levels of competition at […]

Gold medalists group from the Russian Olympic Committee celebrates next the victory ceremony soon after the team occasion in the determine skating levels of competition at the 2022 Wintertime Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)

BEIJING (Reuters) —The Russian figure skaters who won the group occasion at the Beijing Olympics on Monday have continue to not obtained their gold medals in accordance to media experiences, one returned a positive drug test on Wednesday.

The Worldwide Olympic Committee, Global Skating Union, Russian Olympic Committee and the international agency in charge of drugs testing in the course of the Game titles declined to remark on reports by Usa Currently and The Guardian.

It was not obvious in the media reviews when the constructive outcome occurred and what material was detected. Beneath Olympic rules, efficiency-enhancing drugs draw in a various penalty to individuals for leisure use.

The medal ceremony was postponed on Monday just after the Russian team’s victory and experienced even now not transpired on Wednesday. The United States took silver and Japan bronze in the competitors.

Earlier on Wednesday, the IOC explained: “legal consultations” experienced compelled the postponement of the medals ceremony but claimed it would go forward at some point.

“A problem arose at quick observe that necessitates lawful consultation,” IOC spokesperson Mark Adams mentioned.

“You can wager your base greenback we are performing anything (so) that this predicament can be resolved as soon as attainable. I are unable to give you any a lot more particulars, but we will do our utmost.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained they would hold out for formal statements prior to commenting on the issue.

Kamila Valieva, the 15-calendar year-old who landed the initial quadruple jumps by a girl in Olympic level of competition, was one particular of four ROC athletes who did not appear at their practice periods on Wednesday. Pairs dancers Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov, and Mark Kondratiuk, also skipped their classes.

Ice dance pair Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov, also on the winning team, showed up at practice.

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No Russian ice dancers, having said that, educated at a session slotted for them at a practice rink in close proximity to Beijing’s Cash Indoor Stadium on Wednesday night right after the news broke.

Russian athletes are competing in Beijing as reps of the ROC relatively than their home country because of to doping sanctions.

The Earth Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), as element of a coverage transform past yr, lessened its bans for recreational drugs so that athletes who test positive out of opposition would be banned for just one to three months as a substitute of two a long time.

According to WADA, for a material to be on its prohibited list, it ought to meet up with any two of the adhering to conditions: effectiveness enhancement, threat to an athlete’s wellness, and a violation of the spirit of activity.

Calls to take out cannabis from WADA’s list of in-level of competition banned substances have turn out to be more frequent, and lots of athletes and specialists have overtly advocated for legalization.

Copyright Thomson Reuters 2022.

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