Russian Sports activities Minister Oleg Matytsin says that the performances of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) determine skaters on the ice in Beijing converse for themselves, regardless of the unlucky occasions surrounding teenage star Kamila Valieva and the way they may play out with Russian’s ongoing ban by the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA).
Russian determine skaters topped the medals desk for the game within the Chinese language capital with a complete haul of six – two golds, three silvers and one bronze – with Anna Shcherbakova taking gold within the ladies’s singles and Alexandra Trusova grabbing silver.
The ROC additionally took gold within the crew occasion in addition to a silver and bronze in pair skating and one other silver within the ice dance.
The determine skating, although, was plunged into controversy following the saga which enveloped the 15-year-old Kamila Valieva, who had helped the ROC win gold within the crew occasion earlier than the information emerged of a constructive doping pattern taken again in December.
Valieva ended up fourth within the ladies’s singles after being dominated eligible to compete by the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) because the ordeal clearly took a toll.
The IOC refused to carry a medal ceremony for the crew occasion whereas Valieva’s case stays unresolved.
“To begin with, I would really like us to contact the IOC [International Olympic Committee] or WADA with this query, how they are going to problem [the ROC gold medal], what arguments they are going to use,“ stated Matytsin of any potential Olympic investigative fallout.
Matytsin’s feedback come as a ban imposed on Russia by WADA is because of finish in December of this yr.
WADA had initially sought a four-year suspension of Russian athletes being eligible to compete beneath their very own flag, in a lingering row over state-sponsored doping allegations, with the suspension in the end shortened to 2 years by CAS.
Matytsin says that each effort might be made to make sure that Russia’s re-entry into the worldwide sporting group might be safeguarded, and that RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Company) is able to self-governance.
“We’ll do our greatest to guard the pursuits of our athletes and coaches,” he added.
“We’re prepared to help in these actions that the IOC or WADA will plan. We stay probably the most dependable companions of worldwide sports activities.
“And one in every of our duties is to counter using doping. All of the actions and assessments by the Council of Europe, the UNESCO conferences affirm that now we have constructed one of the crucial efficient anti-doping techniques.
“We adhere to the presumption of innocence. The results of our crew in determine skating stays golden,“ added Matytsin.
Matytsin’s feedback come because the ROC athletes returned to Moscow to a hero’s welcome after the completion of greater than two weeks of intense competitors the place a complete of 32 medals had been received.
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