Today at the Winter Olympics: Fears raised over Kamila Valieva’s mental health

kamil valeva took to the Olympic ice again on Sunday as fears about his mental well-being were raised ahead of an expected verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sport about their right to stay at the Games.

The 15-year-old performed her usual warm-up routine in the figure skating practice room while an ad-hoc CAS The committee met to consider a series of appeals against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to lift a provisional suspension imposed on the skater following a positive test for the banned heart drug trimetazidine.

The International Testing Agency (ITA), the World Anti-Doping Agency (AMA) and the International Skating Union (ISU) are questioning Valieva’s right to remain in the Games before the start of the women’s singles competition on Tuesday.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), whose interests in the case are being represented by the ITA, confirmed Tuesday that mental health resources were available to Valieva in addition to those allegedly offered by her team.

“The team always offers mental help first, but we have protective measures and officers in place,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “The support is there, but the main obligation of the team is to take care of its athletes.”

stars of the day

The Netherlands, reigning world champions, won an emotional short track speed skating gold in the women’s 3000m relay.

The Dutch quartet of Suzanne Schulting, Selma Poutsma, Xandra Velzeboer and Yara van Kerkhof broke their own Olympic record by posting a winning time of four minutes 03.409 seconds.

Schulting and Van Kerkhof were part of the 2018 Olympic bronze medal-winning team that also included Lara Van Ruijven, who died aged 27 in July 2020. The gold medalists raised their hands skyward on the podium at Homage to Van Ruijven.

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fault of the day

A snowman is built outside the National Aquatics Center during the ninth day of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in China (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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The weather was the biggest cause of trouble on Sunday, with heavy snowfall causing the postponement of the women’s downhill ski qualifying at Genting Snow Park.

With no forecast for improvement, officials made the decision to reschedule the event for Monday morning, with the equivalent men’s competition pushed back to the following day.

Conditions also forced the cancellation of women’s downhill training, while 33 competitors, more than a third of the field, were unable to complete the first race of the men’s giant slalom.

Image of the day

Snow-covered lanterns in Olympic Park on day nine of the 2022 Winter Olympics (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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what’s up tomorrow

Great Britain’s Kirsty Muir will take part in the Slopestyle qualifiers on Monday (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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The verdict on Valieva’s Olympic future will dominate Monday’s news agenda, but it’s also a busy day for Britain. kirsty muir try to improve on his fifth-place finish in the Big Air when he takes part in the downhill style qualifiers (01:30 GMT). katie ormerod he’s also in Big Air snowboarding (0130), while Brad Hall and Nick Gleeson kick off their two-man bobsleigh campaign (1205) and Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson round out their ice dancing program (1000).

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