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Reaction as Kamila Valieva cleared to skate at Olympics

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By The Associated Press

The CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says the decision to clear Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva to compete in Beijing despite failing a drug test in December appears to be “another chapter in the systematic and pervasive disregard for clean sport by Russia.” The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the 15-year-old Valieva did not need to be provisionally suspended ahead of a full investigation. CAS Director General Matthieu Reeb said preventing Valieva from competing “would cause her irreparable harm.” The CEO of the Russian Figure Skating Federation says Valieva “faced a fairly serious psychological ordeal, pressure, a burden.” Valieva is the favorite for the women’s individual gold.

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