OREANDA-NEWS Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva did not receive information about a dubious doping test in time and she did not have the opportunity to defend herself. This was stated by State Duma deputy Svetlana Zhurova.

Earlier, the Russian national team prematurely won gold at the Olympic Games in Beijing in the figure skating team competition, but the award ceremony was postponed. At first, the reason was not disclosed, but as a result, the International Doping Testing Agency reported that Kamila Valieva, who participated in team competitions, passed a positive doping test.

On February 8, after processing the sample by the laboratory of the World Anti-Doping Agency, RUSADA temporarily suspended Valieva from the Olympics. The figure skater challenged this decision. However, the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency announced their intention to appeal the verdict of RUSADA in court.

According to Zhurova, Valieva did not have a chance to go through all the procedures to protect herself in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and in WADA before the Olympic Games, as she simply did not know that a banned drug was found in her doping test.

At the same time, according to her, if Valieva had therapeutic permission to use trimetazidine, the drug would not be considered doping. Zhurova stressed that she now has questions for doctors.

"We can only guess how a microdose of this drug was found in Kamila. Maybe she really has some kind of disease that allows her to use this drug," she noted.

The Sports Arbitration Court must make a decision on the case of the figure skater by February 15.