By Tenzin Choenyi
Russia was still able to compete in the Olympics despite not being in accordance with its rules.
Kamila Valieva is a 15-year-old Russian figure skater who tested positive for trimetazidine, a drug known to boost your performance, that is banned and cause for disqualification at the Olympics. Despite this, she was still allowed to compete in the Olympics. She performed amazingly, and successfully landed two quadruple jumps which is considered to be an incredible feat. She has not faced any consequences yet for her disregard for the competition’s rules and may not ever due to her age. Her lawyer has issued a statement, proclaiming Valieva’s innocence, declaring the positive drug test was due to contamination between Valeiva and her grandfather, to who the medication is prescribed to. Her peers have subtly expressed their frustration with clear favouritism shown to the Russian Olympic Committee, not only for this incident but for many others in the past. Many criticized the fact that the results of her test took over a month to arrive when it should have been expedited and made a priority as the Olympics games were approaching. Russia has a reputation for bending the rules of competitions and evading any serious consequences. Many are hoping for the Olympics to start placing a stricter hold on their rules and regulations so that other competitors are given a fair chance.