17/06/2021   Alina Halchenko Tsviliy (UKR) is ineligible for doping for 2 years and 8 months




On 10 October 2018 we gave the news that the Athletics Integrity Unit of the World Athletics had previously (4.9.2018) opened a disciplinary process against the Ukrainian athlete Alina Tsviliy (nee Halchenko) and consequently her provisional suspension was tin force.


This procedure against the athlete, second at the European Championships in Berlin in the women's 50km walk, if confirmed would have meant that the silver medal would go to Julia Takacs (ESP) and the bronze medal to teammate Khrystyna Yudkina (UKR) .

The positivity of Tsviliy was for trimetazidine (art.2.1).

Trimetazidine is a substance that inhibits beta-oxidation of fatty acids (beta-blockers) that is used in the treatment of angina pectoris, but also in Otorhinolaryngology and Ophthalmology. The best known commercial name is Vastarel. It is considered by WADA among the substances used to improve the performance by increasing the possibility of physical effort since the fifteenth day of treatment.


On June 10, 2021 the Athletics Integrity Unit of World Athletics announced the conclusion of the disciplinary process for "Presence / Use of a Prohibited Substance".

The sanction applied is ineligibility for a period of 2 years and 8 months starting from 4 September 2018. In practice, the athlete is now free to return to compete.

All results obtained since 2 August 2018 have been disqualified.


We recall that this was the first adverse analytical finding (and for now the only one) in 50km women since the event was admitted in major Championships.