Ukrainian Skier Barred From Olympics After Positive Banned Substance Test

Ukrainian cross-country skier Valentyna Kaminska has been barred from the 2022 Beijing Olympics after she tested positive for an "anabolic androgenic steroid" and two other substances classified as stimulants by the International Testing Association (ITA), the association announced Wednesday.

The sample was collected last week by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and was tested at a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited lab at the Olympics. The results were reported on Tuesday, the ITA said.

Kaminska has the chance to request her secondary "B" sample be tested as well or appeal the suspension that bans her from all competition and other participation in the rest of this month's Olympics.

Kaminska, 34, has competed in several events so far and did not medal in any of them, per ESPN. She is representing Ukraine in the 2022 Olympics after she competed for Belarus in the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics in Sochi and Pyeongchang, respectively. She did not medal in either Olympic appearance, according to her Olympics bio.

She is the second competitor to be prohibited from this year's Games, following Iranian alpine skier Hossein Saveh Shemshaki's positive test for an anabolic steroid last week. He requested that his secondary sample be tested, and it confirmed the presence of the same banned substance, the ITA said.

He did not challenge his suspension but did request that his case be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport Anti-Doping Division to determine if a suspension was the appropriate penalty for his positive test.

While it is the second ban handed down by the ITA, Kaminska's test is the third test to make headlines at this year's Games, in addition to Saveh Shemshaki and the case of 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva.

Valieva tested positive last week for three heart-related medications, including one that is on WADA's banned substances list. The positive test result came on February 8, after Valieva had competed in the team figure skating event in which Russia won the gold medal.

Amid the controversy, Valieva has been allowed to compete in the solo figure skating event, which she currently leads. The IOC has said that if she wins the gold medal later this week, the Russian figure skater's victory will be marked with a "preliminary asterisk" until it is determined whether her victory should stand or the medal should be taken away because of her positive test for a banned substance.

Newsweek has reached out to the IOC and the Ukrainian Olympic Committee for comment.

Update 2/16/22, 12:05 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with additional context and information.

Ukraine Valentyna Kaminska Skiing Banned Substance Test
Ukrainian cross-country skier Valentyna Kaminska has been barred from the 2022 Winter Olympics for testing positive for multiple banned substances, it was announced Wednesday. Above, Kaminska competes during the Women's Cross-Country Sprint Free Qualification on Day 4 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at The National Cross-Country Skiing Centre on Feb. 08, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China. Al Bello/Getty Images