The leadership of the National Anti-Doping Center of Ukraine (NADC) has resigned in connection with accusations of improper testing of athletes as the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine reported.
"The National Anti-Doping Organization of Ukraine (NADC) has violated the international testing standard. Therefore, today, the director of the NADC Ivan Kurlyshchuk and his deputy Yaroslav Kruchek have resigned. The ministry says that we take a clear position on the fight against doping and will not allow anyone to violate anti-doping rules. The reaction to the violation will be immediate and harsh," Minister Vadym Hutsait said.
As we reported, 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 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 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.