US Anti-Doping Agency: "Kamila Valieva has been terribly let down by the Russians"



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US Anti-Doping Agency: "Kamila Valieva has been terribly let down by the Russians"

We can’t imagine what it’s like when you’re a 15-year-old with a gold medal, and you have so much public pressure at the moment. This is exactly what is happening to Kamila Valieva, who experienced real disappointment after winning gold, and after it she turned out to be positive on a doping test.

Many reactions come from around the world, but the most interesting ones come from the Russian Olympic Committee. They think that these are very difficult moments for such a young person, but it seems that young Kamila is quite mentally strong, and we hope that she will successfully cope with this.

“We do not know how many tears and what moral strength this whole crazy situation has cost Kamila,” the Russian Olympic Committee said, as quoted by Reuters. “To go out and train every day with a decision hanging over you, not knowing what will happen tomorrow… “To force yourself to appear calm in public, allowing your feelings to show only when no one is watching … We don’t know.

It’s very personal. But what we know for sure and what we can definitely do is cheer for her tomorrow, then on Thursday with all the strength of our energy”.

Sarah Hirshland responds to the Russian Olympics Committee

United States Olympic & Paralympic CEO Sarah Hirshland has decided to respond to the Russian Olympic Committee “Athletes have the right to know they are competing on a level playing field.

Unfortunately, today that is being denied. This appears to be another chapter in the systematic and pervasive disregard for clean sport by Russia,” Hirshland said.
United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) CEO Travis Tygart believes many have let Valieva down “Russia has hijacked the competition and stolen the moment from clean athletes and the public.

“In addition to athletes and the public, this young athlete has been terribly let down by the Russians and the global anti-doping system that unfairly cast her into this chaos”.