"I received a letter informing me that a banned substance had been found in one of my urine samples, metabolites of cocaine," *********** told Belgian public radio station RTBF.
"The news stunned me, because I am very careful with this, and I really have a perfect lifestyle. I have never taken any substance that can improve my performance. Not intentionally anyway," she said.
This is a tragedy. Cocaine is not a common drug among jûdôka. Cocaine does have stimulating effect as it has amphetamine-like effects although biochemically its structure is far more complicated. Whatever the facts, there is room and motive to frame other athletes, and it is relatively easy to do so in jûdôka compared to many other athletes. Jûdôka often do not have star status and approaching them or getting access to them is not particularly difficult. With its wide presence of gangs, drugs are prevalent in Rio. If one was framed it will be incredibly difficult if not impossible to prove, and most case in the past where the athlete has mounted a defense based on such argument have not been successful, largely because it is typically judged that the athlete is responsible for whatever he or she ingests or consumes, even if the food or drinks were tampered with.