5.9k Share this

The medal ceremony for the team figure skating competition at the Beijing Winter Olympics was delayed because of what the International Olympic Committee called Wednesday a legal issue that could affect medalists. 

The committee did not explain the nature of the legal issue.

The competition concluded Monday after several days of intense skating during which the Russian Olympic Committee athletes won gold, the United States took silver and Japan bronze.

It was Team USA’s best finish in the event since its debut in 2014.

But IOC spokesman Mark Adams told a news conference Wednesday that “a situation arose” at short notice which requires a “legal consultation” with the International Skating Union, the governing body of skating. No further information was provided. 

“We have athletes and athletes that have won medals involved,” he said. “We will be doing our level utmost to make sure it is resolved as quickly as possible.” 

However, he cautioned that “as you know, legal issues can sometimes drag on.”

The International Skating Union did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Silver medalists Team USA pose for a group photo following the figure skating team event.David J. Phillip / AP

If any athlete and team were disqualified, an appeal would likely follow to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, according to The Associated Press. Should a medal-winning team be disqualified then Canada, which placed fourth, would be in line to be upgraded.

The team figure skating competition, contested over several days, consists of disciplines including women’s and men’s events, pair skating and ice dance. 

Russia’s 15-year-old star, Kamila Valieva, became the first woman to land a quad in the Olympics, helping her team to cap a dominant run to the gold medal in Beijing.

The U.S. team included Nathan Chen, who’s hoping for individual gold this week, and Vincent Zhou, who is now out of the Olympics after officials said Monday he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said people should wait for clarifications either from Russian sports officials or the IOC on what was behind the delay.

“So far we have not heard any official statements,” he told a news briefing. “There are only some sources in the media.” 

Russian athletes are currently not allowed to compete under their country’s name, or with its flag and anthem, due to a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport following a landmark case that accused the country of state-ordered tampering of a testing laboratory database in Moscow. 

The Russian Olympic Committee, Russian Skating Federation and World Anti-Doping Agency did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee said it was receiving information at the same time as the media and was waiting to see what happens next.

Associated Press contributed.

Source: This post first appeared on NBC News

5.9k Share this
You May Also Like

Republicans in Georgia’s Trump Country to Vote on Reducing Immigration

In Coweta County, Georgia, where former President Donald Trump swept with nearly…
New curfew for Millennium Park goes into effect today for kids under 18

New curfew for Millennium Park goes into effect today for kids under 18

CHICAGO (CBS) — Thursday is the day Chicago’s new restrictions for Millennium…
Johnny Depp trial live updates: Amber Heard cross-examined about fights

Johnny Depp trial live updates: Amber Heard cross-examined about fights

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Lawyers for Johnny Depp on Tuesday questioned the…

Defunct CNN+ Show Moving to Sundays on CNN and HBO Max

Former Fox News anchor Chris Wallace saw his burgeoning CNN career cut mercilessly…

‘Hypersonic Weird’ Republican Party Has to Be Stopped

Democratic strategist James Carville said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The Beat” that Republicans…
Chicago First Alert Weather: Cloudy skies in overnight, lows in the 50s

Chicago First Alert Weather: Cloudy skies in overnight, lows in the 50s

CHICAGO (CBS) –– Partly cloudy skies tonight, but low clouds and fog…

Bruno Tonioli QUITS Strictly Come Dancing after 18 years to continue judging Dancing With The Stars

Bruno Tonioli QUITS Strictly Come Dancing after 18 years to concentrate on…

Democrat Eric Swalwell Fundraises Off of Buffalo Mass Shooting

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) sent out a fundraising email on Monday to…