Russia’s skate team’s Olympic results are “still gold,” says the sports minister

Oleg Matytsin commented on Russian figure skating performance in Beijing

Russian sports minister Oleg Matytsin said the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) figure skater’s performance on the ice in Beijing was the unfortunate event surrounding teenage star Camilla Varieva and Russia’s ongoing World Anti-Doping. The agency (WADA) says it speaks for itself, despite how it could tamper with the ban.

Russian figure skater surpassed the sport’s medal table in the capital of China, with a total of six (2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), Anna Shelvakova winning the gold medal in the women’s singles, Alexandra Trusova won the gold medal.

ROC also won a gold medal at a team event, a silver and bronze medal in pair skating, and another silver medal in ice dancing.

However, figure skating was caught up in the controversy following a story about 15-year-old Camilla Barriera who helped ROC win a gold medal at a team event before the news of a positive doping sample in December. rice field.

Varieva finished fourth in the Women’s Singles after being qualified for competition by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). This is because this event was clearly sacrificed.

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The IOC refused to hold a medal ceremony for the team event, as the case of Varieva remains unresolved.

“First, I would like to contact the IOC. [International Olympic Committee] Or AMA in this question, how they challenge [the ROC gold medal]Arguments they use,“” Matytsin described the possibility of fallout from the Olympic survey.

Matytsin’s comment is that WADA’s ban on Russia is due to end in December this year.

WADA initially sought a four-year suspension from Russian athletes eligible to compete under their own flag in a protracted line over state-sponsored doping allegations, eventually shortened to two years by CAS. I did.

Matytsin states that every effort has been made to ensure reintegration into Russia’s global sports community and that RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency) is self-governing.

Russian Sports Minister Olegmatishin. © Maksim Konstantinov / SOAP Images / LightRocket via Getty Images

“We will do our best to protect the interests of athletes and coaches.” He added.

“We are ready to support the activities planned by the IOC or WADA. We will continue to be the most trusted partner in international sports.

“And one of our jobs is to fight doping. All activities and evaluations of the Council of Europe, the UNESCO Conference confirm that we have built one of the most effective anti-doping systems. doing.

“We stick to the presumption of innocence. The results of our team in figure skating remain golden.,“” Matytsin has been added.

Matytsin’s comments came when ROC athletes returned to Moscow and were hailed as heroes after more than two weeks of fierce competition with a total of 32 medals.

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