Sotnikova “primary positive” excommunicated
KOC “asks IOC to reinvestigate”
If the allegations are true, Kim will be banned from the gold
‘Figure queen‘ Kim Yeon-ah (L) of South Korea applauds Adelina Sotnikova as she celebrates winning the gold medal in the women’s singles figure skating event during the medal ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Kim was ranked No. 1 in the short program at the time, but was upset by Sotnikova in the free skate. Sochi=News
The Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reopen an investigation into doping allegations against Adelina Sotnikova (27, Russia), the women’s singles gold medalist in figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. If the allegations are found to be true, the gold medal will be awarded to “figure queen” Kim Yeon-ah, 33, who won silver at the time.
In a YouTube broadcast published on March 13, Sotnikova said, “I was told that I tested positive in a doping test in 2014. Then a second sample came back negative and I was cleared,” she said. The comments were made in defense of Kamila Valyeva (17-Russia), who tested positive for doping at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The doping allegations began to surface on March 5, when the YouTube channel posted an edited version of Sotnikova’s interview.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) takes two samples for doping tests. If the first (A) sample tests positive, the second (B) sample is also tested to determine whether the athlete is doping. An official from the Korean Sports Federation said, “This case (A and B sample test results being different) is very rare and needs to be investigated again.” “The Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA) is organizing relevant data. We will collect the data and past cases and request a reinvestigation,” the official said on Nov. 11.
The official continued, “WADA keeps samples for 10 years. As doping technology has improved over the years, we expect that we will be able to confirm what we did not catch at the time.” Russia was accused of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Four of the medals won by Russian athletes (teams) at that Olympics (three gold, one silver) have now changed hands.
Among South Korean athletes, Jang Jang-ran (40), Vice Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, later recovered an Olympic medal lost to doping. 토토사이트 Jang finished fourth in the women’s 75-kilogram weightlifting event at the 2012 London Olympics, but was named bronze medalist at the event in 2016 after third-place finisher Hrafsime Kurshudyan (36-Armenia) was found to be doping four years later.