World Anti-Doping Agency asks IOC for opinion on Sotnikova’s ‘confession positive’

Adelina Sotnikova (27, Russia), a gold medalist in women’s singles figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, confessed that she tested positive for doping at the time. Controversy erupted after her remarks, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) requested comment from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Russia’s state-run TASS news agency said on the 7th (Korean time), “WADA has asked the IOC for comment on Sotnikova’s remarks.”

Sotnikova was asked about Kamila Balieva (17, Russia) in an interview with her recently released YouTube channel ‘Tatarka FM’. She Valiyeva caused a doping scandal last year at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Speaking about her own experience, Sotnikova said: “I tested positive for doping in 2014. I had to be tried, but her second sample found no problems.”

It is believed that the remarks were made to wrap up her native Balinese junior, but the remarks caused a great stir. Russian media Sports Express reported that먹튀검증 “Sotnikova admitted to testing positive in a doping test in 2014.”

In response, Russian Figure Skating Federation Secretary-General Alexander Cogan strongly denied it in an interview with local media, saying, “This is the first time I’ve heard of it. It’s not true.” Coach Elena Buyanova, who coached Sotnikova during the Sochi Olympics, also refuted, saying, “This is a made-up story that is not true.”

The video from the YouTube channel in question, Tatarka FM, has since been removed. In this situation, WADA said, “The IOC is confident that it will help in this matter because it is the (Olympic Games) results management body.”

It is very unusual for a party to the controversy to directly reveal that they tested positive for doping. What’s more, Sotnikova’s urine samples were found to have been tampered with in a 2016 WADA doping report on Russian figure skaters.

Many doubts surfaced, but the matter was not clarified. Ultimately, the IOC dismissed the matter in 2017, and Sotnikova remains the gold medalist in women’s singles at the Sochi Olympics.

After winning the women’s singles at the 2011 International Skating Union (ISU) Junior World Championships, Sotnikova subsequently made her senior stage debut, but her performance did not live up to expectations. She has never won a major ISU event or placed on the podium at a senior world championship.

At the 2014 European Championships held prior to the Sochi Olympics, she scored 202.36 points, her personal best. However, in just one month at the Sochi Olympics, she won the gold medal with a score of 224.59, which is as high as 22.23 points.

Sotnikova became the first gold medalist in figure skating women’s singles history without a world championship medal or an ISU major championship win. After her Olympics he failed to properly prove her skills and she announced her official retirement in March 2020.

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