It took a battle to ban a Russian determine skater, confirmed to have been doping, from worldwide competitors.
The particular person in query is Russian determine skating star Kamila Valieva, 15, who competed within the Olympics regardless of proof she had been taking performance-enhancing medicine. The International Olympic Committee let her compete anyway.
But now, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Valieva and different Russian skaters are banned. That consists of this yr’s gold medalist.
“No Anna Shcherbakova, the defending world champion and surprising Olympic gold medalist who sat alone and barely celebrated that stunning evening after the women’s long program,” USA Today wrote. “No Alexandra Trusova, who was beside herself with anger that she did not win despite trying five quadruple jumps.”
Frankly, Valieva ought to have by no means been allowed to take part within the Winter Games within the first place. It’s simply unhappy it took evil to eradicate her, versus, you understand, the precise guidelines.
This is simply the newest instance of the sports activities world eliminating Russia from worldwide competitors. FIFA, UEFA and basketball leagues all throughout the globe have banned Russia from fielding groups since president Vladimir Putin’s resolution to launch an assault on Ukraine. Even EA Sports has dumped Russian groups from its FIFA 22 recreation.