Wladimir Klitschko, the Ukrainian boxer, the former world champion, called on the presidential candidates to once again pass the tests and hand them over to VADA experts. The representatives of this anti-doping organization came to Kyiv and gave a press conference on April 10, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
Klitschko insisted that President Petro Poroshenko and his opponent Volodymyr Zelensky come to NSC Olimpiysky stadium's lab, where the VADA experts will be waiting, from 3 to 6 p.m.
VADA and WADA are different organizations, though both are respected authorities in terms of the anti-doping policy.
VADA is the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association that offers and promotes anti-doping practices and programs in the boxing and mixed martial arts. The organization was founded in 2011 and conducted thousands of tests for athletes all over the globe ever since.
WADA is the independent organization created under the aegis of the International Olympic Committee. It coordinates struggle against the doping use in sport.
Previously, both candidates passed the tests in different locations - Poroshenko at state-owned NSC Olimpiysky, and Zelensky at Eurolab, owned by his supporter and pro-Russian journalist Andriy Palchevsky. Zelensky did not provide his hair for the drug test, which caused an outrage among Poroshenko's supporters, as they consider possible fraud by Zelensky.
Later, Zelensky's team said he would not pass the tests again.