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ROC questions timing of Valieva’s doping test – report – Metro US

ROC questions timing of Valieva’s doping test – report

President of the Olympic Committee of Russia Stanislav Pozdnyakov attends
President of the Olympic Committee of Russia Stanislav Pozdnyakov attends a meeting of the Sports Ministry Board in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The president of the Russian Olympic Committee said on Friday that ice-skater Kamila Valieva’s positive doping test may have been deliberately held back to coincide with the end of the team figure skating competition at the Olympics, TASS reported.

The teen figure skating sensation won a gold medal with her team having earlier failed a drug test, and Olympic officials will fight Russia’s decision to let her compete at the Winter Games, the International Testing Agency (ITA) said on Friday nL8N2UM02A.

ROC head Stanislav Pozdnyakov told the TASS news agency that the long gap between the Dec. 25 doping test and the Feb. 8 announcement looked suspicious and he had “serious questions about the process”.

(Reporting by Mariya Kiselyova; Editing by Kevin Liffey; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov)

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