The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has cleared up the controversy surrounding women’s figure skating gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova’s (RUS) confession of a positive doping test at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The IOC sent a letter to the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) stating that there was nothing wrong with the test at the time and that there are no plans to reinvestigate the case.
According to the KOC on July 7, the IOC sent a reply to the KOC’s query on the Sotnikova doping issue on April 4.
“We were told that Sotnikova’s A-sample doping test in 2014 was negative, and that a major test of Russian athletes in 2017 did not find any doping violations by Sotnikova,” the official said.
“The Athletes’ Federation raised the issue of whether Sotnikova’s self-reported positive 2014 A-sample should be investigated, but the IOC’s clarification that she never tested positive made it difficult to dispute,” the official explained.
Sotnikova appeared on Russian influencer Lilia Abramova’s YouTube channel on February 6 to discuss the doping case of Kamila Valyeva (RUS) and said, “In 2014, I tested positive on the A sample of my doping test. She was tested again (on a B sample) and no problems were found and she was not disciplined.”
His unintentional admission of a positive doping test stirred up controversy.
His comments caused a stir. The mere fact that she tested positive for doping is enough to raise concerns.
The Korean Sports Ministry, in partnership with the Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA), sent a letter to the IOC requesting a second investigation into the doping allegations against Sotnikova, the women’s figure gold medalist at the 2014 Sochi Games.
However, the IOC denied that Sotnikova had tested positive in the first round of testing, making it difficult for her to be stripped of her Sochi gold medal and for Kim to inherit it.
Sotnikova had won the gold medal in the women’s figure skating singles in Sochi amid controversy over allegedly biased officiating.
After a lackluster post-Sochi season, 스포츠토토 Sotnikova announced her retirement in March 2020.