The minimum age for competition in adults will be raised to 17 years after the “Valieva Affair”

TheThe International Skating Union will raise the minimum age for competitors to participate in major events from 15 to 17 after the controversy surrounding it Russian Kamila Valeeva at the Beijing Olympics.

The federation therefore wants to protect the “physical and mental health and emotional well-being of the skaters”. This change will be gradual, so the minimum age to compete in the adult category will be 16 for the 2023-24 season and 17 for the 2024-25 season.

Russian Valeeva, who participated in the Beijing Olympics at the age of fifteen, Temporarily suspended due to positive anti-doping control. The Russian tested positive for trimetazidine but was allowed to compete in the singles event after CAS lifted her suspension. Temporarily claiming that banning him from competition may affect him because of his young age.

Some coaches’ treatment of the teenager has also been called into question, with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach describing the discomfort he experienced after his mistakes as “scary”.

The doping issue has yet to be resolved. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has six months from the date of notification of Valiyeva’s infraction to rule on any punishment whose sentence may be delayed until August.

The medals have not yet been delivered In the teams competition, with the United States and Japan taking second and third places, respectively, while Canada ranked fourth.

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