Kamila Valieva: “These days were very difficult for me. Tears of happiness, probably, and a little distress.”
Kamila Valieva spoke about the doping scandal at the Olympics for the first time.
Kamila Valieva: These days were very difficult for me, and there’re already not enough emotions. That is, I am happy, but at the same time I am already emotionally tired. Therefore, tears of happiness, probably, and a little distress. But at the same time, I am certainly happy to be at the Olympic Games and try to represent our country. And I will hope that I will do it as best as possible … I will set myself up and show my results.
I sat for seven hours [at hearings of the case], we had one break of 20 minutes, and I sat watching. It was very difficult. Apparently, this is one of the stages that I have to go through.
When I open Instagram, I see how many good wishes, how much faith. I even saw billboards in Moscow “Kamila, we are with you!”. It is very nice. In such a difficult time for me, this support is very important to me.
The coaches support me, the whole environment supports me. Mark (Kondratiuk) also supports – it’s good that he stayed (in Beijing). I thought I would be alone, but the closest people will never leave me.
Anna Shcherbakova had to change her boots a few days before the start of the individual competitions at the Olympic Games