Kamila Valieva told CAS that trimetazidine had entered the sample through “contaminated food”, specifically through a “strawberry dessert” prepared by her grandfather “on the cutting board” on which he crushed the tablets.
CAS ruled that this version was not corroborated.
Kamila Valieva presented 3 versions of the substance getting into the body:
- it happened at lunch with her grandfather on a training day. “Yes, we had lunch, my grandfather also often gave me something like applesauce or berry dessert made of berries… condensed milk, bananas or juice, or maybe… He also takes pills according to doctors’ recommendations and probably this pill got into the dessert he usually gives me. Or I’ve accidentally seen him crumble the pills with a knife a few times, dissolve them in a glass, and take them. So I could drink from the same glass either there or at home, I could eat something off the same cutting board and so on.”
- “Contamination of some other medications, because it’s happened before, these situations have happened before, so it can’t be ruled out.”
- “In St. Petersburg, compared to the organization of other events… with Sochi or the Olympic Games….. The organization of the Russian Championships in St. Petersburg was not very good, because the room where athletes came during warm-up, meals and in general preparation before the start was full of unauthorized people who should definitely not be there. Thus, there were a lot of relatives of athletes, who moved freely, had … free access to the locker room, as well as to the area where the athletes were eating. A friend of my mom’s also got accreditation, though I can’t say that she has anything to do with sports, but she still got accreditation with a high level of access so that she could get there as well”.
Kamila Valieva’s B sample was analyzed by the Stockholm Laboratory. The presence of trimetazidine was confirmed.
Source – CAS