Bach: "Troubled by Kamila Valieva's Condition"



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Bach: "Troubled by Kamila Valieva's Condition"

Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, spoke about the Russian Kamila Valieva, who fell several times in the final of figure skating. The Arbitration Court of Sport ruled that Valieva could continue to compete, but she did not clear her of doping.

The positive result was revealed only at the beginning of the Beijing Games and after Valieva had already helped the Russians to win the team skating title. The Valieva case has put the spotlight on Russia's participation in the Olympic Games, still putting it in the crosshairs.

Bach said: "I was very upset when I saw her on TV. It was chilling to see how she was received by the closest entourage. All of this doesn't give me much confidence in this close entourage of Kamila, nor as to what happened in the past, nor in the future.

I hope Valieva has the support of her family, the support of her friends and the support of the people who help her in this extremely difficult situation. " To a question from a Russian reporter about whether the IOC had any responsibility for what happened to Valieva, Bach said: “There is a positive sample A and this positive sample A needs to be addressed and we weren't ignoring it.

the rule of law and we are dealing at the same time with a minor, with a 15 year old girl who obviously has a drug in her body that shouldn't be in her body. And the ones who gave her this drug in her body are guilty. "

What is happening in Beijing

Resounding result at the National Indoor Stadium in the first quarter final of the men's ice hockey tournament.

Slovakia wins over the United States of America, among the big favorites for Olympic gold, 3-2. Clement Noel took the gold medal in the men's slalom of the Beijing Games. The Frenchman, author of a great comeback in the second heat, preceded the Austrian Johannes Strolz and the Norwegian Sebastian Foss-Solevaag.

In women's speed skating, the Netherlands dominate the final B against ROC and take the bronze. In final A, Japan falls on the last lap and Canada wins with an Olympic record. Among men, in the final B the USA conquers an absolute bronze over the Netherlands.

In final A, Norway outclasses the ROC and takes Olympic gold. The Sports Arbitration Tribunal (TAS) has authorized the 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva to continue competing in the Beijing Winter Olympics despite not having a positive anti-doping test.

Obviously this ruling does not affect the possible future possibility of a disqualification, even retroactive. The Court has announced that it has rejected the appeals of the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Skating Union for the restoration of her suspension, allowing Valieva to participate in the individual competition that will open on Tuesday.

In the women's hockey, Canada first finalist: Switzerland beaten 10-3 in the first semifinal. The Canadians await the winner of the USA-Finland. Marco Odermatt, after the giant's award ceremony, as reported by the official Olympic site, said: "It's incredible.

It was a difficult day, with the conditions, with this long wait between the two heats. It was more than five hours for me, it was such a long time to rethink everything and it was hard to stay focused. I tried to get some sleep in between."

Silver medal to the Slovenian Kranjec in 2: 09.54, bronze medal to the French Faivre in 2: 10.69. In women's Biathlon, 10km pursuit, gold for the Norwegian Roeiseland who completes a practically perfect race in 34: 46.9, silver to the Swedish Oeberg (+1: 36.5) and bronze to the other Norwegian Eckhoff (+1.48.7).

In the background, men's 4x10km relay, gold to Russia. The Russian team closes in 1: 54.50, with one minute ahead of Norway (1: 55.57) who takes the silver. Bronze for France which closes in 1: 56.07. The Japanese women's team pursuit team consisting of Sato Ayano, Takagi Miho and Takagi Nana broke their own Olympic record set four years ago in PyeongChang.

They scored 2: 53.61 in the quarter-finals. In cross-country skiing, women's 4x5 km relay, Russia comes back and finishes taking gold in 53: 41.0 with the quartet formed by Yulia Stupak, Natalia Nepryaeva, Tatiana Sorina and Veronika Stepanova.

Silver to Germany who had finished the second and third fractions in the lead. Final time of 53: 59.2 with 18.2 seconds delay. Sweden is third at +20.7. Gold in mixed snowboard cross went to veterans Lindsey Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner, the oldest athletes competing in snowboard cross in Beijing 2022.

Silver for the Italian couple Moioli-Visintin. Baumgartner said: "These tears are so much better than the other day's. I can't say how much pressure it takes away when you know you have someone like Lindsey in the gate after you. When you don't have to worry about things, you see your best comes out. Age? We look younger than everyone. "