Ukrainian triathlete Yuliya Yelistratova was suspended from participation in the Tokyo Olympics the day before the competition. This was reported by the press service of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine.
"According to information from the International Testing Agency (ITA), triathlete Yuliya Yelistratova has been temporarily suspended from the competition," the message says.
The ITA reported that the analysis of samples taken from the Ukrainian showed the presence of erythropoietin in her body. This substance allegedly improves the delivery of oxygen to the muscles, therefore it is sometimes used as a stimulant in sports. Yelistratova was supposed to participate in the women's individual standings at the Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 27, 2021.
Meanwhile, twenty-year-old Ukrainian judoka Daria Bilodid, who won the first bronze medal for the Ukrainian national team at the Tokyo Olympics, is about to take a pause in her career. This was stated by her father and coach Hennadiy Bilodid.
"I think the rest will be two, three, four, six months - it will be seen by her condition. And when she rests and feels that there is a desire, then you can start a little bit," he said.