The anti-doping authorities in Ukraine have violated the rules on testing athletes in the last 9 years and thus, the country risks suspending participation in the Beijing Winter Olympics.
The disclosures appear in a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency published on Tuesday and quoted by Reuters.
The investigation was called “Operation Hercules” and was started in 2019. The anti-doping authorities in Ukraine allegedly helped some athletes to pass the official controls.
Ukraine risks not reaching the Beijing Winter Olympics. What could the anti-doping authorities in the neighboring country do?
Athletes have been warned about to future tests or by organizing secret tests in the last 9 years.
“Operation Hercules has shown serious suspicions about the integrity of the anti-doping testing practices of the NADC (Ukrainian Anti-Doping Authority), its competence and certain members of its team. Moreover, the duration and apparent impertinence of these practices suggest dysfunctions in the organization of NADC.
The operation provides convincing evidence that NADC made phone calls or contacted athletes through their coaches, asking them to be present at its headquarters for testing, “said Gunter Younger, director of investigations at the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The investigation also states that the practices took place before international competitions and that, in a sport, an entire national team should be called to be tested.
According to the report, at least six tests were falsified as negative out of competition this year before the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
If the investigation is confirmed, participation in the upcoming Chinese Winter Games is in jeopardy.
Source: Prosport by www.prosport.ro.
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