The young Russian skater at the center of a doping line at the Beijing Winter Olympics after failing a drug test says she must have accidentally swallowed angina medication taken by her grandfather -dad. The new defense emerged as 15-year-old Kamila Valieva prepared to skate in today’s individual short program. “His argument was that this contamination (…) occurred with a product that his grandfather was taking,” IOC member Dennis Oswald, who heads the IOC’s disciplinary commission, told reporters in Beijing.
USA today said that the main axis of Valieva’s defense had previously been reported by The Dossier Center, a website run by exiled Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Valieva’s lawyer, Anna Kozmenko, told a Russian Anti-Doping Agency hearing last week that Valieva’s grandfather takes the drug trimetazidine for heart problems and was able to enter her body. in different ways: “For example, (his) grandfather drank something from a glass, saliva got in (and) this glass was later used by the athlete.” Valieva is the clear favorite for individual gold in Beijing, although the IOC says no medals will be awarded until her case is fully heard.