By JAMES ELLINGWORTH
AP Sports Writer
BEIJING (AP) — Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva was allowed to skate at the Olympics in the short program partly because her age gives her extra rights as a “protected person” in a doping case. It comes as some skating officials push to raise the minimum age for her event from 15 to 17 in time for the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics. They argue it would protect child athletes’ welfare and reduce injury risks from intense training. American skater Mariah Bell is among several who say they would back a change. Valieva fell twice during her final routine on Thursday and ended up in fourth place.