The ROC says it is taking comprehensive measures to keep the team gold medal ©Getty Images

The Russian Olympic Committee claimed it is taking "comprehensive measures" to "keep the honestly won Olympic gold medal" in the Beijing 2022 team figure skating competition, amid the controversy surrounding 15-year-old Kamila Valieva’s positive drugs test.

The International Testing Agency (ITA) confirmed today that Valieva had provided a sample containing trimetazidine during the 2022 Russian Figure Skating Championships in Saint Petersburg on December 25.

An adverse analytical finding was confirmed by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory in Stockholm on February 8, the same day the team figure skating medals were due to be awarded at Beijing 2022, leading to the suspension of the medal ceremony.

Valieva challenged a provisional suspension, which the RUSADA Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee lifted on February 9.

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) had won in the team event, which took place on Monday (February 7).

The ITA is set to challenge the lifting of the provisional suspension at CAS, although insidethegames has been told the case has not yet been filed.

Valieva’s participation in next week’s women’s singles event rests on whether the provisional suspension will be imposed, while the fate of the team figure skating gold will rest on a RUSADA investigation into the possible anti-doping violation.

The ROC has insisted the team figure skating medal was won fairly and vowed to protect the team’s interests.

Kamila Valieva has trained for the past two days after her suspension was lifted by RUSADA ©Getty Images
Kamila Valieva has trained for the past two days after her suspension was lifted by RUSADA ©Getty Images

"Given the fact that the positive sample of the Athlete was taken not during the Olympic Games, the results of the athlete and the results of the team event during the Olympic Games are not subject to automatic revision," an ROC statement read.

"The Russian Olympic Committee is taking comprehensive measures to protect the rights and interests of the ROC Team members and to keep the Olympic gold medal won in fair competition.

"The ROC also assumes that a full investigation will be conducted to determine all the relevant legal and factual circumstances of what happened."

Valieva was a key member of the ROC gold medal winning team, leading  the women's singles standings in both the short programme and the free skating.

Valieva performed the quadruple jump twice - a manoeuvre that has never before been successfully landed at the Winter Olympic Games.

The team also included Mark Kondratiuk in the men's, Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov in the pairs, and Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov in the ice dance.

The ROC added in the statement that Valieva has "repeatedly passed doping tests before and after December 25, 2021, including already in Beijing during the figure skating tournament".

The organisation said that all results are negative.

The ROC stressed that Valieva has the right "to train and take part in competitions in full without restrictions, unless the Court of Arbitration for Sport makes a different decision regarding her status in relation to the Olympic Games".

The Russian Figure Skating Federation says it is providing Kamila Valieva assistance and support ©Getty Images
The Russian Figure Skating Federation says it is providing Kamila Valieva assistance and support ©Getty Images

As it stands, Valieva will be free to compete in the women's singles event which is due to start next Tuesday (February 15).

Valieva has trained for the past two days.

The Russian Figure Skating Federation added to the ROC statement, saying it was providing the 15-year-old support.

"The Russian Figure Skating Federation has no doubts about the honesty and purity of its athlete, will make every effort to clarify the circumstances of the incident and provide the athlete with the necessary comprehensive assistance and support," a Russian Figure Skating Federation statement read.

The case adds further scrutiny on Russian sport.

Russian athletes are competing under the ROC banner as part of sanctions imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against Russia in connection with the manipulation of data from the Moscow Laboratory.

WADA initially handed Russia a four-year ban but it was later reduced on appeal to two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.