Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, who was embroiled in a doping scandal at Beijing 2022, will return to competition at the Channel One Trophy in Saransk, Russia, this weekend.
The ongoing controversy around her positive drugs test is yet to be resolved but the 15-year-old is free to take part in the domestic competition which will be held between March 25-27.
It comes just after a month since Valieva became the face of the Games, but for all the wrong reasons.
The teenager had been touted to dazzle and she initially did – making history as the first woman to land a quad jump in the Winter Olympics as she helped the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) win gold in the team event.
But she was then suspended after it was discovered that she had tested positive for banned heart drug trimetazidine in December 2021, though the result was only analyzed and reported to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in February.
RUSADA lifted Valieva’s suspension the next day but the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Skating Union (ISU) filed an appeal against the lifting of the ban.
But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that it should remain lifted and Valieva was free to compete in the individual figure skating event, where the youngster fell multiple times and left the ice in tears, finishing in fourth place.
RUSADA has six months from the date of the notification of Valieva’s offense to reach a decision over whether any sanctions will be imposed.
WADA said it will be investigating Valieva’s entourage – the adults responsible for her skating and welfare – following her positive test for trimetazidine in December.
That includes her coach Eteri Tutberidze, who is known for training some of the world’s best figure skaters. The coach told Russian TV in February that she is “absolutely sure that Kamila is innocent and clean” after her athlete tested positive.
Russians and Belarusians are not currently permitted to compete at this week’s World Figure Skating Championships in Montpellier, France, as the sporting world continues to turn its back on Vladimir Putin amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
CNN’s Jack Bantock and Aleks Klosok contributed reporting.