HomeWorld News‘Cold’ Kamila Valieva treatment pushes IOC towards fresh investigation

‘Cold’ Kamila Valieva treatment pushes IOC towards fresh investigation

Olympic boss Thomas Bach stated he was disturbed and chilled watching the treatment of Kamila Valieva and has referred to as for an investigation into her controversial coach Eteri Tutberidze.

For a person susceptible to speaking in rigorously scripted diplomatic soundbites, Bach took off the gloves and got here out swinging laborious, in a press convention that seasoned Olympic observers hailed as unprecedented.

Russian skater Valieva – simply 15 – has been the face of those Games for all of the flawed causes.

Arriving as sizzling favorite for girls’s determine skating, she finished fourth last night – following a stuttering routine – simply days after the International Olympic Committee misplaced an enchantment to cease her competing following a constructive medicine check.

Broken and misplaced, she then obtained not a hug of comfort from a scowling Tutberidze however a hostile inquisition, in full glare of a disbelieving TV viewers.

Kamila Valieva (C) of Russian Olympic Committee cries subsequent her coach Eteri Tutberidze (EPA)

“I was very disturbed when I watched the competition on TV,” stated Bach.

“When I saw how she was received by her entourage with what appeared to be a tremendous coldness, it was chilling to see this, rather [than] giving her comfort or help.

“You could feel the chilling atmosphere, this distance and if you were interpreting the body language it got even worse. It was dismissive. How can you be so cold to your athlete?

“This was no way to treat a 15-year-old under such mental stress. I wish she has the support of her friends and family to help her through this difficult situation.

“I saw the pressure on her, it was beyond my imagination for a girl of 15. To see her struggling, trying to compose herself, you could see the immense mental stress she was under.”

Kamila Valieva of Russian Olympic Committee cries next her coach Eteri Tutberidze (EPA)

Kamila Valieva of Russian Olympic Committee cries subsequent her coach Eteri Tutberidze (EPA)

Valieva examined constructive for banned substance trimetazidine in December, a drug generally used to deal with angina which consultants say can improve endurance by rising blood circulation to the guts.

She was cleared to compete by the Court of Arbitration for Sport due to her minor standing however, crucially, not cleared of doping, with that case scheduled to be heard within the months forward.

However, Bach might barely conceal his fury in regards to the behaviour of her entourage, demanding an instantaneous investigation.

Tutberidze additionally coaches girls’s determine skating gold and silver medallists Anna Shcherbakova and Alexandra Trusova and might be rinkside in the present day with different costs, Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, among the many medal favourites within the pairs competitors.

“There is a 15-year-old girl with a drug in her body that shouldn’t be there. The ones that administered it to her, these are the people that are guilty,” he added.

“It’s of extreme importance to open an investigation into her entourage. We’ve expressed this from the very beginning. She’s a minor. Doping very rarely happens alone, there is always an entourage.

“We have extremely limited means to address athletes’ entourages, we are not the police, we cannot interrogate. We need the support of governments.”

Valieva has performed under a cloud at Beijing 2022 (Associated Press)

Valieva has carried out beneath a cloud at Beijing 2022 (Associated Press)

However, how a lot assist the IOC and companions obtain from Russian authorities is open to query. Athletes from the nation haven’t been in a position to compete beneath their very own flag on the final 4 Games following a damning report that exposed state sponsored doping on the 2014 Sochi Games.

And the ranks are already closing round Tutberidze, whose Sambo-70 college in Moscow has lengthy been topic to experiences of younger skaters being pushed past breaking level.

Bach defended the IOC’s half within the story that has dominated these Olympics, insisting they’d tried and failed to forestall {the teenager} from competing, as quickly as they realized about her failed doping check.

And he hinted he needed to see minors prevented from showing at future Games. Tutberidze coached Alina Zagitova, additionally 15, to gold in 2018, although she’s since give up the game, citing accidents and an absence of motivation.

“We challenged the decision to allow Kamila Valieva to compete, we didn’t want her to participate. We lost that case and we need to respect that rule of law,” added Bach.

“There are issues to be addressed, this concerns the issue of minors in senior competitions. Our executive board have started to think about it, this needs careful deliberation and consultation.

“For me personally, the anti-doping is there to ensure fair competition. In a fair competition the same rules must apply to everyone, how can this be achieved while respecting the special circumstances of athletes being minors? This will be a discussion for the future, it will be followed up.”

Watch All the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 dwell on discovery+, Eurosport and Eurosport app



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular