Korea Olympic Committee asks IOC to re-investigate Sotnikova…will Kim’s Sochi silver medal be overturned?

The Korea Olympic Committee (KOC) plans to ask the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reinvestigate the doping allegations against women’s single gold medalist in figure skating Adelina Sotnikova (RUS) at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. 메이저놀이터

An official from the Sports Ministry said on Nov. 11, “The Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA) is organizing relevant materials. We will collect past cases and send a letter to the IOC requesting a reinvestigation of Sotnikova’s case.”

Sotnikova won gold in the figure women’s singles at the Sochi Games, beating Kim (retired) in a controversial decision.

The controversy was not only about the officiating, but also about doping. Sotnikova was suspected of tampering with a urine sample in 2016 when the IOC was investigating allegations of systematic doping in Russia.

She received no punishment at the time, but her recent comments have brought her back into the spotlight.

On June 6, Sotnikova appeared on Russian influencer Lilia Abramova’s YouTube channel, discussing the doping case of Kamila Valievna (RUS), and said, “I tested positive in a doping test in 2014. She was retested and no problems were found and she was not disciplined.”

He unintentionally stirred up controversy by admitting to a positive doping test.

The fallout from his remarks grew. This is because a positive doping test is enough of a red flag.

As the news broke, calls for the IOC to re-investigate Sotnikova grew louder in South Korea.

Lawmaker Lee Yong-yong of the People’s Power Party held a press conference on Tuesday with Hong Woo-taek, head of the International Competition Department of the Korean Olympic Committee, Park Tae-woong, secretary-general of the Korean Ice Sports Federation, and Kim Myung-soo, head of the business department of KADA, to discuss Sotnikova’s doping revelations.

“If the use of banned substances is confirmed even after the passage of time, medals are disqualified,” Lee said, adding, “Sotnikova herself admitted to testing positive for banned substances, so a thorough investigation should be conducted.”

According to the athletic association, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) does not dispose of athlete blood and urine samples for 10 years. “As the IOC still has the samples from the Sochi Winter Olympics, we can resolve our suspicions if the IOC accepts our request,” Lee said.

If the IOC reopens the investigation and confirms the problem, Sotnikova could be stripped of her gold medal. In that case, the color of her medal would be switched with the silver medal of Kim Yeon-ah.

It’s not uncommon for medals to be awarded to second-place athletes who test positive for doping after the event.

For example, Vice Minister of Culture Jang Jang-ran, a former national weightlifter, finished fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, a banned substance was detected in the urine sample of bronze medalist Hrafsime Khurshda (Armenia), and Jang was later awarded a bronze medal.

If that happens, Kim’s Sochi Winter Olympics medal could turn into a gold instead of a silver.

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