Kremlin backs Kamila Valieva and all Russian determine skaters, will not verify constructive drug take a look at experiences

“It [the reports] flared up amongst those that didn’t have verified data,” mentioned Peskov. “As common, not realizing the small print, everybody started to yell far and broad. We won’t be a part of this orderly row of yellers.”

It stays unclear precisely when the constructive take a look at was taken, however Russian newspaper RBC Sport reported on Wednesday {that a} failed drug take a look at was taken in December and has solely come to mild through the Winter Olympics.

“The one main supply of data must be the IOC,” Peskov added.

“You’ve got heard the IOC statements, there isn’t any level for us so as to add something right here. We’re guided by the IOC and we want our athletes, together with Valieva, solely gold medals.”

A number of sources have advised CNN Sports activities analyst Christine Brennan the athlete from the determine skating staff occasion on the ROC staff who examined constructive for a prohibited substance is a minor.

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The one minor on the ROC determine skating staff is the 15-year-old star Valieva, who made historical past within the staff occasion this week as the primary lady to land a quad soar on the Winter Olympics.

Valieva is the favourite to take gold within the ladies’s determine skating occasion — most likely probably the most celebrated occasion on the Winter Olympics. That competitors will get underway on February 15.

RBC Sport reported on Wednesday {that a} member of the ROC’s determine skating staff examined constructive for trimetazidine, in line with a supply acquainted with the state of affairs and a supply within the Russian Determine Skating Federation.

CNN has reached out to the ROC for remark however has not but obtained a response.

Trimetazidine is a drug used to deal with individuals with a coronary heart situation often called Angina, a situation through which an individual has chest ache as a consequence of poor blood move to the center. It’s on the World Anti-Doping Company’s (WADA) banned record.

The ROC staff gained gold within the staff occasion forward of the USA in silver and Japan in third.

‘Conflict of excellent and evil’

IOC spokesman Mark Adams mentioned on Thursday that he would not touch upon “hypothesis” over the case and could not verify whether or not the medal ceremony would go forward.

“In the meanwhile, it is hypothesis … We’ve got to attend with endurance for this case to seek out its technique to some form of conclusion,” mentioned Adams.

In a press release despatched to CNN, the ITA mentioned it’s “conscious of the varied experiences following the postponed medal ceremony for the determine skating staff occasion on the Olympic Winter Video games Beijing 2022.”

Whereas the IOC has not talked about any athletes in reference to the case, Russian International Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova posted a video on Twitter Thursday expressing her help for Valieva.

“Miracles could be merely proper in entrance of us, and what Kamila Valieva did is a real miracle. I can clarify why this can be a miracle. It’s a miracle as a result of after she accomplished her program she gained hearts of the entire world,” Zakharova mentioned.

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“That is phenomenal. We see once more, in entrance of our eyes this conflict of excellent and evil and the will of evil to make the quantity of excellent as little as doable, in order that good would lose its energy.”

Valieva, who helped her staff take the gold within the staff occasion along with her historic efficiency, was seen coaching on the ice in a scheduled follow session on Thursday.

Workforce USA advised CNN in a press release that it does not “have all the small print” as to why the medal ceremony was postponed.

“However in conditions like this, it is about greater than gold. It is in regards to the integrity of honest sport and accountability,” the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) spokeswoman Kate Harman mentioned.

The Ministry of Sports activities of the Russian Federation additionally mentioned it was untimely to touch upon the postponement of the awards ceremony, in line with Russian sports activities channel Match-TV.

“The place of the Russian Federation is to steadily and constantly oppose all kinds of violations of sports activities guidelines and Olympic ethics,” the ministry mentioned, in line with Match TV.

What’s the ROC?

Russian athletes are unable to compete within the Olympics beneath their nation’s title as a consequence of sanctions from the IOC and WADA on account of the nation’s “systemic manipulation” of anti-doping guidelines through the 2014 Sochi Video games.

Though Russia competed on the 2016 Summer time Video games in Rio, it was left to particular person sports activities’ governing our bodies to resolve whether or not or not Russian athletes have been eligible to take part on the Video games.

On the 2018 Video games in PyeongChang, Russian athletes who might show that they have been clear have been “invited” by the IOC to compete as an “Olympic Athlete from Russia” (OAR) beneath the Olympic flag and anthem.

In February 2021, the IOC introduced Russian athletes would compete as neutrals beneath the ROC acronym on the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympics.

CNN’s Gawon Bae, Mitch McCluskey, AnneClaire Stapleton, Homero De La Fuente and Aleks Klosok contributed to this report.

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