2022 Winter Olympics live updates: Latest news and results

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The president of the International Olympic Committee on Friday called the treatment of a teenage Russian figure skater by her coaches “chilling down the spine” a day after the athlete figure skater, Kamila Valieva, fell out of the medal competition at the Beijing Olympics with an error performance in the women’s singles round. The comments were quickly met with an angry response from a top Russian government official.

Break his silence on Valieva more than a week after it was first revealed that the 15-year-old figure skater had tested positive for a banned substance, the president, Thomas Bach, shared at a press conference in North Korea. Kinh that he felt uncomfortable watching this young athlete disappear. on her free night of skating on Thursday night. Valieva entered the night as a gold medalist but stumbled repeatedly and sank to fourth and missed a medal completely.

“I was very, very disturbed yesterday when I watched the competition on TV,” Bach said the day after finishing the women’s section. The comments are his first public comment on Valieva’s case since news of her positive test result early last week became the mainstay of the Olympics.

“You can feel that this is a tremendous, tremendous mental strain,” Bach added, “and maybe she wants to leave the tape and leave this story behind.”

Russia’s deputy prime minister, Dmitry Chernyshenko, was quick to respond, saying Bach’s comments were “inappropriate and misleading”.

Valieva, whose Olympics have become the culmination of expectations, allusions and pressure after revealing she had failed a doping test before the Olympics, was in tears after her performance. me. Her anguish only grew when she left the ice rink and her coach, Eteri Tutberidze, immediately began interrogating her in Russian in one scene. taken by television cameras.

“Why did you stop fighting?” Tutberidze asked. “Please explain to me. Why? You let it go after that ax. Valieva did not answer.

Tutberidze coached all three Russian women who competed in the women’s singles final. After Valieva finished her freestyle in tears, her teammate Anna Shcherbakova, the gold medalist, sat alone on the white sofa, looking dignified despite her victory. She then said that she felt empty inside. Silver medal winner Alexandra Trusova, frustrated she didn’t win, resisted coaches who tried to urge her to hit the ice for the winner’s ceremony. Trusova later said she missed her mother and her dogs very much.

Bach said it was “chilling” to witness the chill Valieva received from Tutberidze and other Russian skating officials after her performance.

“All of this has nothing to do with confidence in this retainer of Kamila,” Bach said, “with nothing to do with what happened in the past, nor with the future.”

In an emailed statement, Chernyshenko, Russia’s deputy prime minister, said he was “deeply disappointed” to see Bach “fabricated his own fictional story about the feelings of our athletes, and then present these publicly as the voice of the IOC.”

Bach and Chernyshenko know each other well. Chernyshenko is the chairman of the local organizing committee for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and he served on the Olympic organizing committee for the Beijing Olympics before remove after the state-sanctioned doping scheme at the Sochi Olympics was revealed.

Russia’s sports minister, Oleg Matytsin, defended his nation’s coaches in comments reported by Russian television network RT.

“The personality of a coach largely determines the results of the athletes. We have a gold medal in the team competition,” said Matytsin, although no medal was awarded in team figure skating because of Valieva’s positive result. Russia has also won “gold and silver medals in individual competitions, a silver medal in dance, and I hope that there will be medals in pairs,” he said.

Court of Arbitration for Sports allowed Valieva to continue competing at the Olympics even though she tested positive for a banned substance, a heart medication, weeks before the Olympics.

Bach’s IOC, along with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Skating Union, the sport’s governing body, have applied to the court asking for Valieva’s suspension.

The court dismissed most of their appeal, it said in a report released on Thursdaybecause a laboratory in Stockholm failed to process Valieva’s sample quickly.

She could still face penalties, but it could take months to fully resolve her case.

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