Figure skating raises minimum age of athletes who can compete in future Winter Olympics to 17… in the wake of Kamila Valieva’s failed drugs test before Beijing 2022 aged just 15
- Russian athlete Kamila Valieva was just 15 when she skated at Beijing 2022
- It emerged the Russian had failed a pre-Winter Olympic Games drugs test
- The news came after she had helped the Russian Olympic Committee win gold
Figure skaters will have to be at least 17 to compete in future Winter Olympics after the minimum age was raised from 15 in the wake of the Kamila Valieva controversy.
Russian athlete Valieva was 15 when she skated at Beijing 2022, where it emerged she had failed a pre-Games drugs test.
The news came to light a day after the teenager had helped the Russian Olympic Committee win gold in the team event with an historic quadruple jump.
A court ruling then cleared Valieva to compete in the singles event, but she finished fourth and in tears after suffering a series of stumbles under the pressure of the media spotlight.
Figure skaters will have to be at least 17 at future Winter Olympics after the Kamila Valieva controversy
Valieva was 15 when she skated at Beijing 2022, where it emerged she had failed a pre-Games drugs test
The Valieva case in February prompted questions over whether the sport’s minimum age needed to be raised, with the International Skating Union voting through the rule change on Tuesday.
From next season, the minimum age for skaters in senior events will be 16, which will go up to 17 from 2024-25 – ahead of the next Olympics in Milan and Cortina in 2026.
The ISU said they wanted to protect the ‘physical and mental health, and emotional wellbeing of skaters’. ‘It’s a very historic decision,’ added ISU president Jan Dijkema.
Valieva’s doping case remains unresolved, with the Russian anti-doping agency given six months to reach a decision over any sanction.
A court ruling then cleared Valieva to compete in the singles event, but she finished fourth and in tears