Russia’s star figure skater Kamila Valieva tested positive for Trimetazidine, a drug used to treat angina, at the Winter Olympics, Russian newspaper RBC reported Wednesday.
The news comes after Tuesday’s medal ceremony for the team event was delayed following what the International Olympic Committee called a “legal issue.” USA Today later reported that a member of the gold-medal-winning Russian team had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
HISTORY MADE!15-year-old Kamila Valiyeva is the first woman to successfully land a quad at the #WinterOlympics. pic.twitter.com/rfXzOM09lH— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 7, 2022
HISTORY MADE!15-year-old Kamila Valiyeva is the first woman to successfully land a quad at the #WinterOlympics. pic.twitter.com/rfXzOM09lH
Trimetazidine, which Valieva reportedly tested positive for, is prohibited in and out of competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The 15-year-old helped propel the Russian Olympic Committee to gold in the team competition, becoming the first woman to land a quad jump at the Olympics. Team USA followed Russia, capturing silver, while Japan clinched bronze.
Russia is technically banned from the Olympics until December 2022 due to the uncovering of a state-run performance-enhancing doping operation in 2014. Russian athletes have been able to compete in the Olympics as part of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).