Kamila Valieva - a teenaged figure skating star from Russia, faces a four year ban on competing due to a positive test for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Drug use in Sport for me has always been a big no-no; it ruins the concept of open competition on a fair playing field, destroys the hard work and training by un-enhanced competitors, and abuses the spirit of the Olympic Games. In addition, I find the practice of doping to be highly divisive.
Kamila Valieva faces a four year ban on competing due to her drug test results - but is it enough? There have been murmurs of introducing lifetime bans for doping offenses. What are your thoughts?
"Staraya Russa, Russia" by Lex Kravetski is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
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