Despite allegations that a contestant tested positive for a prohibited drug, the Winter Olympics team figure skating medals have yet to be given.
Since the Russian Olympic Committee won gold on Monday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has declined to share specifics on the “legal matter.”
According to unconfirmed sources in Russia, the skater in issue is 15-year-old Kamila Valieva.
“I can’t comment on conjecture that I’ve seen,” said Mark Adams of the International Olympic Committee.
The Russian squad took gold, beating out the US and Japan.
They were given Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen teddy bears at a little ceremony at the venue.
The ceremonial medal ceremony was supposed to take place at a plaza in Beijing on Tuesday evening.
Figure skaters who competed in the team event have continued to train and compete in their solo competitions. Valieva was in the National Indoor Stadium on Thursday, when she performed a world-first Olympic quadruple to help her team win gold.
“She is not suspended,” said Olga Ermolina, a spokesperson for the Russian figure skating association.
Valieva had tested positive, according to Russian media on Wednesday. The medication was identified as Trimetazidine, which is commonly used to treat chest discomfort, according to newspapers RBC and Kommersant.
Adams, appearing at the IOC’s daily press conference in Beijing, said he couldn’t say when the medals will be handed out. He wouldn’t say whose team or individual was involved, or whether the delay was due to a failed drug test.
“We had a problem occur at short notice that has legal consequences,” he continued, “and I’m not going to comment on a court matter in a news conference.”
He added on a broad level, without confirming if there was a suspected doping issue: “To prevent the appearance of a conflict of interest, the IOC entrusted testing, management, and penalties to the Independent Testing Authority. I’m referring you to other partners since it’s an active legal case.”
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