The WADA published the report, according to which the National Anti-Doping Centre of Ukraine allowed the violation of international standards of testing and investigation in 2021. The WADA published the respective report on their website.
The respective investigation called Operation Hercules was launched in 2019; experts concluded that since 2012, the Ukrainian authority has been organizing tests for athletes, warning them at an early notice.
“‘Operation Hercules’ has convincing and corroborated evidence that NADC was engaged in the practice of telephoning athletes or contacting them through their coaches to request their attendance at the NADC, the following day, for testing. The evidence suggests that NADC would adopt this practice often before important international events and there were times when an entire discipline of the national team was present at the NADC awaiting testing", said Gunter Younger, the head of independent Intelligence and Investigations Department.
Operation Hercules received solid evidence of six probes that were taken during the competitions but marked as tests taken before the competitions, which breaches the World Anti-Doping Code.
The WADA ordered repeated analysis of these six probes via the list of lab analyses during the competitions; it includes more negative substances than the list of analyses beyond the competition. The results of all probes turned negative. Thus, the investigation raised concerns about the integrity of methods of testing chosen by the National Anti-Doping Centre of Ukraine, as well as the competitiveness of some employees.