Valijeva initially appeared to have been suspended, but the Russian Anti-Doping Agency had withdrawn that sentence. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), WADA and the International Skating Union ISU objected to her participation in the individual competition, but the sports tribunal CAS rejected it.
The figure skater had stated that she had accidentally used the drug trimetazidine. The drug, intended for the treatment of part of the heart muscle but also performance-enhancing, would have belonged to her grandfather.
According to the American anti-doping agency USADA, the presence of two other heart drugs shows that the Russian story is not quite right. “Combining these drugs together is an indication that something more serious is going on,” USADA chief Travis Tygart said. “You use that to further your performance and it undermines the credibility of Valijeva’s defense.”