Journalist Vladislav Zhukov in his podcast “On My Info” spoke about the Russian national team masseuse Marina Chekmaryova, who, according to Eteri Tutberidze in an interview with Leonid Slutsky, treated the figure skater to tea on the day she gave a positive doping sample.
“Her name is Marina. During the Olympic season she was listed in the Russian national team and personally worked with Alexandra Trusova, and after the Olympics too. So, Eteri Georgievna is hinting at a setup by another Russian athlete, and even at that time a colleague in the training group?
It’s hard to say what was meant, but to be clear – trusted sources have confirmed to me that this version is a fiction. At least because the bottles with this very tea were new, from the store, sealed, it was impossible to put something in them. And how could this trimetazidine be put into the bottle to yield 2.1 nanograms per milliliter? Crush one thousandth of a tablet? It’s physically impossible, not to mention that before taking a doping sample, this thousandth could simply not be absorbed into the body,” Zhukov said in the podcast.
“Some volunteer gave her ice cream, some masseuse Chekmaryova gave her tea, someone else gave her something else,” Tutberidze said in an interview with Slutsky.