The controversy continues with the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing with the first reports of doping.
Hossein Saveh Shemshaki, The Islamic Republic of Iran’s only male athlete has tested positive for anabolic Steroids. It is the first confirmed case of any type of doping at this year’s Olympics. Shemshaki was tested on Monday by the International Testing Agency before his competition was set to begin. He has been suspended and will be unable to compete. This is Shemshaki’s third Olympic games.
In other controversial news, the medal presentation for the figure skating team event are being held up for what the IOC is calling “a legal issue”. A Russian newspaper is reporting that Russian figure skater 15 year old Kamila Valieva has tested positive for the heart related drug trimetazidine – used to treat angina – which is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency for athletes in and out of competition.
At just 15 years of age, Valieva is considered a “protective person” which means she may escape the sever penalty of being disqualified.
The country of Russia has been banned from participating in the Olympics since 2014 when WADA uncovered a massive doping scheme. However, the athletes may compete under the name of Russian Olympic Committee without their national anthem being played during medal ceremonies.
There is no word as of yet on the fate of Valieva and the ROC team.
She was one of the team members who competed in the team figure skating event and became the first female to ever complete a quad jump. The ROC scored enough points to win the gold medal with the U.S. taking silver and the Japanese earning the bronze.
Germany continues to extend its dominance in the luge competition when they won the men’s doubles event for their third consecutive gold medal event.
There is only one remaining event in the luge competition; if the Germans win the gold medal, they will have swept the events.
In the men’s 1,500 meters speedskating event,Hwang Daeheon took the gold beating out nine other skaters in the final event.
Ren Ziwei and Sjinkie Knegt were penalized for an arm block during their speedskating events.
After 16 years of trying, American skiier Lindsey Jaobellis earned the U.S. their first gold medal in the snowboardcross event.
In the women’s slalom, Petra Vlhova won the gold medal to earn the eastern European country of Slovakia their first medal of the 2022 Olympics.
In the men’s big air competition, Norwegian Birk Ruud took the gold medal with America’s Colby Stevenson earning the silver.
In the Individual Normal Hill – 10k cross-country event, Vinzenz Geiger from Germany won the gold medal.
In the medal count, Germany takes over the lead in the gold medal count with five; but the Russian Olympic Committee continues to hold on to the overall count with eleven but Norway and Austria are right behind with 10.
2022 Beijing Olympics February 9 medal count:
ROC – Russian Olympic Committee – 11
Norway – 10
Austria – 10
Germany – 8
Canada – 8
Netherlands – 7
Italy – 7
Sweden – 7
United States – 7
France – 6
People’s Republic of China – 5
Slovenia – 5
Japan – 4
Switzerland – 4
Australia – 2
Hungary – 2
Republic of Korea – 2
Finland – 1
Poland – 1
Czech Republic – 1
New Zealand – 1
Belarus – 1
Slovakia – 1