UPDATE: Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, 15, will be allowed to continue to compete in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after it was reported that she had tested positive for a banned substance prior to the Games.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced the decision on Monday, Feb. 14, just one day before the women’s singles short program.
According to NBC News, the decision came after officials heard six hours of testimony. In a press conference, CAS Director General Matthieu Reeb cited protections for minors like Valieva, “irreparable harm” that he said could be caused to the athlete by not letting her compete, and the “untimely notification of the results” following her positive test for a heart medication called trimetazidine—which is banned due to properties that can improve endurance—in December as reasons for the decision.
According to The New York Times, a medal ceremony will not be held until Valieva’s case is resolved. “Should Ms. Valieva finish amongst the top three competitors in the women’s singles skating competition,” the Olympic committee said in a statement, per the report, “no flower ceremony and no medal ceremony will take place during the Olympic Winter Games.”