Olympics will start awarding medals to runners-up after ban Camila Valeeva: NPR
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The International Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday that it will begin awarding medals for the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, two years after a doping scandal during the Games left many athletes without them.
This decision comes after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Monday that Russian skater Kamila Valeeva “committed a violation of anti-doping rules.”
Valeeva, 15, has been banned from international competition until December 2025, and all of her victories since December 2021 have been invalid.
“The IOC is now in a position to award medals according to the classification, which must be established by the International Ski Union (ISU),” the organization said. “We have great sympathy for the athletes who had to wait two years to get the final results of their competitions.”
Valeeva and the Russian team won the gold medal in the team competition, followed by the United States and Japan. Canada ranked fourth.
The International Olympic Committee said it would contact national Olympic committees to hold official medal ceremonies.
“Today is the day we have been eagerly awaiting for two years, and it is a huge win not only for Team USA athletes but also for athletes around the world who practice fair play and advocate for clean sport,” said Sarah Hirshland, President of the US Olympic Committee. The Paralympic Committee said in a statement to NPR.
The US Olympic Committee said Hirshland, figure skaters Evan Bates, Madison Schock and Tracy Marek, CEO of US Figure Skating, will speak to the media later Tuesday.
The International Olympic Committee, as well as other agencies, such as the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency, have criticized coaches and doctors who have permitted the use of performance drugs in children.
The International Olympic Committee said: “This case and its circumstances are further evidence of the need to address the role played by athletes’ entourage in doping cases.” “This is even more important if the athletes are underage and depend more on their environment.”