Experts from the anti-doping organization would arrive in Kyiv to conduct the examination of the biological materials of presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko. But which anti-doping organization are we talking about? And why the results of “doping tests” should please the Ukrainians?
The country needs a healthy president: How did it start?
Last week, a controversy over holding debates for the second round of presidential elections, which are scheduled for April 21, flared up in Ukraine. President Poroshenko said that the debates are the key element of elections and should be definitely held. In turn, Zelensky noted that he would like to debate, but only if several conditions are met. In particular:
the debate should take place at Olimpiyskiy stadium in Kyiv, and not at a television studio;
presidential candidates must undergo a medical examination and prove to the people that there are no alcoholics or drug addicts among them;
Poroshenko must apologize to Zelensky and his voters for calling him oligarch’s “Kolomoysky’s puppet.”
Poroshenko’s headquarters refused to apologize for such rhetoric of state’s key diplomat. It is rumored that Poroshenko resorts to such smear campaigning with labeling his opponents someone’s puppets (let us recall labeling presidential aspirant Yulia Tymoshenko Putin’s agent) on advice from his new political expert Moshe Klughaft, Israeli political technologist, is assisting Poroshenko’s in his reelection. Klughaft is known for his aggressive, negative style of campaign management, Ukrainian MP Serhiy Leshchenko assures. Poroshenko’s press people denied this. Klughaft is known for campaigning for Jewish Home party, Georgia’s Salome Zurabishvili, Bidzina Ivanishvili, etc. So, Poroshenko supported only Zelensky’s demands. But, unfortunately, support does not mean reaching an agreement.
According to the latest information, the current head of state is waiting for a debate with Zelensky at the Olimpiysky stadium on April 14, but Zelensky himself is ready to come there on April 21.
Also, there is no clarity in the issue of testing for alcohol and drug addiction. Laboratory studies were allegedly carried out, but the collection of biological materials from presidential candidates was carried out in different places, they were tested using different methods and, most strangely, the results became known on the same day.
“If you are so open and interested in an objective result, then do it by the reputationally proven method in the international organization World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA),” Volodymyr Klitschko, Ukraine’s former boxing champion, suggested to the presidential candidates.
Who comes to Ukraine to conduct “doping testing?”
President Poroshenko willingly accepted the proposal of Vladimir Klitschko, noting that the authority of WADA does not cause any doubt in any representative all over the world, because it is the organization that brought the Russian doping agency to clean water and led to the withdrawal of Russia from the majority of the sports competitions.
But on the afternoon of April 8, it became known that Klitschko did not apply at all to the organization he had mentioned earlier. “Thank you very much, VADA! Specialists of this organization will arrive in Kyiv soon. Gentlemen, are you ready to pass the testing?” Klitschko wrote and added a video announcement of Margaret Goodman, the president of this organization.
The World Anti-Doping Agency was founded with the aim of bringing consistency to anti-doping policies and regulations within sport organizations and governments right across the world.
The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) is an organization that will offer and promote effective anti-doping practices and programs in boxing and mixed martial arts. Boxing and mixed martial arts are state regulated. Currently, few athletic commissions perform drug testing for performance enhancing substances. When conducted, testing is not comprehensive, rarely unannounced and not a deterrent.
Doping control procedure
Doping control is conducted by specially authorized people, doping officers representing either national anti-doping agencies or entities that have a special contract for sampling.
It is impossible to refuse the procedure after it has been agreed since this will be interpreted as a positive result of the test. It usually takes several days to test samples in the laboratory, in special cases one to two weeks. Currently, five types of substances are considered doping: stimulants, narcotic analgesics, anabolic steroids, diuretics, peptide hormones.
Given the difference between the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association and the World Anti-Doping Agency, it is impossible to firmly assert that the results of its doping tests will be undoubted.
However, the fact that Volodymyr Zelensky, who himself initiated the delivery of the tests by presidential candidates, did not react to the proposal to pass through the VADA test, causes much more excitement.