The association that combats doping in the sport of athletics, Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has suspended three Ukrainian athletes from participating in the Olympic Games as the Ukrainian Athletic Federation reported.
“In accordance with the demands of World Athletics and according to the report of the Athletics Integrity Unit toward the Ukrainian Athletic Federation, Mykhailo Havrylyuk (hammer throw), Nazar Kovalenko (race walk) and Natalya Pirozhenko-Chornomaz (4 × 400 meters relay) will not be able to perform at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo due to the insufficient number of held doping tests,” the message said.
The Ukrainian Athletic Federation explained that according to the established international rules and special procedures, every athlete should pass a proper number of competitive and non-competitive doping tests during the selection period of time before the main official international championships of the season.
However, due to the pandemic and significant changes of the sporting calendar of the competition and terms of qualification selection for the 2020 Olympic Games, the athletes who made it to the Games during the last weeks before the closure of the qualification term, had to pass three non-competitive doping tests in the short term.
As we reported, Ukrainian triathlete Yuliya Yelistratova was suspended from participation in the Tokyo Olympics the day before the competition. The ITA reported that the analysis of samples taken from the Ukrainian showed the presence of erythropoietin in her body.