Will Yuna Kim regain her gold medal?
Sports Council is reviewing whether to request a reinvestigation from the International Olympic Committee and the IOC regarding the doping allegations of Sotnikova, the gold medalist in women’s figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Will Yuna Kim, who won the silver medal at the time, be able to release her regrets?
Controversy arose from the remarks of Russia’s Sotnikova, the gold medalist in women’s singles figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
“She tested positive for doping at the time, but the second sample showed no problems, so she was able to avoid disciplinary action,” she said in a YouTube video.
Sotnikova was also suspected of doping in 2016, when a urine sample was found to have been tampered with by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
As the repercussions surrounding the remarks grew, the Korea Sports Council began reviewing the IOC’s request for a reinvestigation of Sotnikova’s doping allegations.
An official from the Korea Sports Council said, “The Korea Anti-Doping Commission is organizing related data,” and said, “We are reviewing a plan to request a reinvestigation to the IOC through a letter when data collection, such as past cases, is completed.”
If the IOC accepts the Korea Sports Council’s request, she will likely re-examine samples taken from Sotnikova in 2014.
If a reinvestigation is carried out and the problem is confirmed, Sotnikova’s gold medal may be stripped.
In this case, her gold medal would go to Yuna Kim, who won silver at the time.
In the past, Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Jang Mi-ran also placed fourth at the 2012 London Olympics, but was later awarded a bronze medal after a banned substance was detected in a urine sample of a bronze medalist.