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Russia's never ending saga continues. Seems one rule for them and one rule for others.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

The irony is that she was banned from running for having traces of a none-performance enhancing substance in her blood. Another example of the "content of her character "and not the color of her skin?

5 ( +10 / -5 )

It’s a joke! Penalties should be severe. Permanent disqualification for first time offenders.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

Valieva is 15 going on 25, one look at her eyes tells me that she knew exactly what she was taking and why.

1 ( +10 / -9 )

If Richardson was "white", she probably would have been allowed to race.

1 ( +13 / -12 )

The so-called culture of sports is laden with corruption - let alone queer empowerment wedded to industry - Nike doesn't want its cash cows disqualified, so certain athletes are given a pass. As for 15 year olds ascending the ladder of 'greatness' - one does, as one is told. Valieva didn't make a decision based on her voluminous understanding of the 'best science' and deep knowledge of PEDs.

Examine the records and investigations into extremely well-documented cases of once East Germany, where the regime of drugs was not a choice but an expectation in order to compete. Nowadays it is simply more sophisticated and complex.

As for smoking weed, that harks back to Anslinger and as has been stated, is hardly a performance enhancing drug. Ross Rebagliati won, lost and re-won the first gold medal in Olympic snowboarding after testing positive for marijuana. Richardson should never have been banned for smoking weed.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

one look at her eyes tells me that she knew exactly what she was taking and why.

It doesn't matter if she knew or not. She's a child. If it were sex instead of drugs, she would be the victim of statutory rape, no matter how willing she might have been.

Some adult heads need to roll.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

The figure skater popped in December and was still allowed to compete? Yet they near insta-banned the sprinter?

This doesn't make sense.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

So let dop up all our teenaged competitors and let lift the age of responsibility to 20. Why isn’t the drug alcohol on this band list of drugs. Really ban for pot ? But they allow blokes to complete against women so to be political correct. The old tape worms of the IOC because they make their living from the coat tails of competitors should really have nothing to do with sport admin.

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I would say apples and oranges, but I don't think that is a strong enough analogy for this. Richardson was suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the US Olympic committee. In other words, the US governing bodies were following the World Anti-Doping Agency rules even at the expense of their own Olympic team (she won the US qualifications and would have been the gold medal favorite). Pretty admirable of the US governing bodies to hold to the rules, I'd say. It never even got to the IOC. Valieva tested positive and was cleared by Court of Arbitration for Sport (with maybe some, cough, cough, input from Putin and Russia) and the International Skating Union appears to be going along with it. The IOC, in a rare, rare moment of common sense, is actually against the ruling. Different governing and ruling bodies, different decisions. So, no, Richardson has no grounds to argue.

Also, Richardson did not "test positive for marijuana." Her test results showed a high level of THC, which can come from smoking marijuana but can also come from ingesting (pills, oils...). THC is a banned substance. Period. THC is a stimulant that can be used for pain management, reduce anxiety and boost energy. If she had high CBD levels (the depressant, "stoner" part of marijuana), then she might be able to argue, but with THC there are too many red flags.

The thing that worries me here is that this ruling basically give a carte blanche for all competitors 16 and under to cheat, or even worse, their coaches, trainers, etc. to exploit them even more.

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It doesn't matter if she knew or not. She's a child. If it were sex instead of drugs, she would be the victim of statutory rape, no matter how willing she might have been.

Some adult heads need to roll.

You're right but nevertheless, her age should not be used as an excuse to forgive her. These are two separate issues, those who caused/allowed her to take the drug should be punished but she should not be allowed to get away with it, it sends the wrong message.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

This whole sorry spectacle has predictably descended into farce that will only create more bitterness and resentment.

Did Kamila Valieva test positive for banned substance?

If the answer to that question is yes.

Then Kamila Valieva should not be competing.

Kamila Valieva would need to take up her right and request her B sample be tested.

The Testing Process.........

https://www.ukad.org.uk/violations/testing-process

The process is crystal clear.

Can you imagine the acrimony amongst Kamila Valieva fellow competitors?

An Olympic figure skating competition devoid of a medal ceremony, simply because a Kamila Valieva failed a drug test, but has been allowed to compete.

Frankly bizarre!

6 ( +7 / -1 )

An Olympic figure skating competition devoid of a medal ceremony, simply because a Kamila Valieva failed a drug test, but has been allowed to compete.

Frankly bizarre!

If they do not opt for sample B, that may be even more telling of the situation.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

The most saddening and compelling facet is the ruthless betrayal of Kamila Valieva.

From Kamila Valieva coach Eteri Tutberidze.

I contend that Eteri Tutberidze and a team of staff doctors, handlers are responsible for administering  an illegal substance namely Trimetazidine on Dec. 25 at the Russian National Championships.

Trimetazidine has to be administered, a 15 year old cannot just purchase the drug from a high street chemist off the shelf.

The most criminal act of all Kamila Valieva is probably the most gifted figure skater for generations.

Never requiring chemical assistance.

RUSADA has refused the give any official explanation as the reasons to reinstate Kamila Valieva after initial suspension

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I am sorry but CLEARLY she is GUILTY & should be disqualified, PERIOD!

No one should be whining about her age, she & her team DID this, end of story!

Definitely some female privilege on full display in this case.....

0 ( +6 / -6 )

So - one woman is rubbed out of an Olympics for smoking a joint.

Another has tested positive for the same PED as Sun Yang did - and is permitted to skate on.

Absolutely criminal.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

It doesn't matter if she knew or not. She's a child. If it were sex instead of drugs, she would be the victim of statutory rape, no matter how willing she might have been.

Some adult heads need to roll.

Well said. I agree 100%.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

The world is already being asked to believe that Valviera is representing the Russian Olympic Committee and not Russia and these are totally different things.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

If she’s old enough to win a gold medal in the Olympics she’s old enough to know better.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

I hope Valieva wins the competition. Then, no medal ceremony - a fitting testament to the so-called Olympic Spirit.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

If Valieva, had been tested by the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission aka JADCO, she would have 'passed' with no problem.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

At the moment I'm most interested why the results of the drug test took so long to be delivered.

Did other samples' processing also take that long?

Maybe it wouldhave been easier and faster to hand out a verdict if the positive results were known before competition day

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I thought that test results were to be given 20 days after the blood sample was taken. If that is so, why did they wait until after she had won a gold medal before announcing the result of a test taken back in December?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

She has claimed that the positive test was due to contamination from her grandfather's medicine. Well, that's a new concept!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Grandad's reputation is now in tatters and all hope of getting on the ROC 2026 winter squad just went down the gurgler.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I genuinely believe that Kamila Valieva did not knowingly take a banned substance to increase her chances of success at these Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

At least I want to believe that.

I point the finger at Kamila Valieva entourage, Russian state or otherwise.

How can people fed off a gifted 15 year old in such a callous cruel manner.

The greater travesty is yet to materialize.

Is when the global media sink there teeth, if Kamila Valieva is successful to then crown the 15 year old an Olympic champion,

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, foolish inexplicable ruling will then be held fully accountable.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Valieva didn't smoke marijuana on her own will like Richardson.... that's the first difference...

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Keep whining, Valieva is not in drugs..

Go Valieva..

Go Russia..

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Tokyoliving,

Valieva is not in drugs, but they definitely found drug's in her! She's lucky She's a minor or she would be gone, no medal no nothing.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Doping in pro sports here in the States has gotten so bad that athletes have said that they are afraid that if they do not go along with it, they will not be able to compete. It would be a real shame if that happened to Olympic athletes. Still, gotta feel sorry for a 15 year old who may have been forced to take the drugs by Putin's thugs.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

USOC suspends their athletes timely - ROC drags their feet

Trimetazidine (TMZ) is the same drug that Chinese star swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang is banned for

In the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Russia's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva was disqualified two days before her race after testing positive for TMZ

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