The Court Of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) officially suspended the Ukrainian athlete Nazar Kovalenko from participating in the Tokyo Olympics because he passed the doping test too late. This was announced by the athlete on his Facebook.
"Today I was deprived of my right to represent Ukraine on August 5 at the Olympic Games! The situation is absurd and unfair in all aspects!" he wrote.
Kovalenko had to take a doping test 63 days before the competition but was able to do so later because he had known about his participation in the games only 60 days before the scheduled time. In total, the athlete passed six doping tests this year, all of which were negative.
The athlete and his lawyers filed an application to the CAS, but despite all efforts, the lawsuit was not satisfied.
"I am disappointed that an athlete has no rights, an athlete is always guilty and it's almost impossible to defend yourself, even when you are not guilty!" the athlete overreacted.
Nazar Kovalenko specializes in racewalking. He has been preparing for the Olympics in Tokyo for several years and now plans to represent Ukraine at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
As it was reported earlier, three Ukrainian athletes were suspended from the 2020 Olympics because they did not do enough doping tests. These are Mykhailo Havryliuk (hammer throw), Nazar Kovalenko (racewalking), and Nataliia Pirozhenko-Chornomaz (4x400m relay).