On February 14, it was announced that Kamilar Valieva, the 15-year-old figure skater of the Russian figure skating team, would be allowed to participate in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics despite testing positive for a banned substance.
Weeks before the winter games, the athlete tested positive for trimetazidine, which is a banned medication that allows individuals to improve on endurance by aiding the heart to work more efficiently. The skater had been subject to a trial with the international sports court, but the court ruled that the figure skater would be allowed to compete in the Olympics, but the medals she wins would be held until her trial is resolved completely.
However, there have been many athletes who have already expressed their opposition to the court's decision, including former competitive American figure skater Tara Lipinski and the former South Korean gold-medal winning national figure skater Kim Yuna.
While Tara Lipinski wrote on her Twitter, "I strongly disagree with this decision. At the end of the day, there was a positive test and there is no question in my mind that she should not be allowed to compete. Regardless of the age or timing of the test/results. I believe this will leave a permanent scar on our sport." Kim Yuna wrote on her Instagram, "Verified Athletes who violate doping cannot compete in the game. This principle must be observed without exception. All players' efforts and dreams are equally precious."