An Israeli sprinter who broke the country’s women’s 100-meter dash record on Saturday may face disciplinary action after skipping out on a doping test, officials said Tuesday. Some Hebrew media reports said the new record may not be upheld, but this was not confirmed.
Olga Lensky, 22, was scheduled to take the test on Tuesday at the behest of the Israel National Anti-Doping Organization, part of the Israeli Olympic Committee. However, the athlete left the country on Sunday at short notice claiming she needed to visit her critically ill grandmother in Ukraine.
Lensky broke Israel’s 100-meter dash record on Saturday at a minor sporting event, the Maccabi Edelson Championships, which doesn’t perform doping tests.
The anti-doping group summoned Lensky to undergo testing in order to confirm her record run.
Lensky ran the distance in 11.42 seconds, smashing the record of 11.45 seconds set by Esther Roth-Shachamorov at the 1972 Munich Olympics, before Israel pulled out of the games following a deadly terror attack that left 11 athletes dead.
It was unclear when the hearing by the anti-doping group would take place or what actions Lensky could face. Some Hebrew media reports said she may be stripped of the new record, but this was not confirmed.
Jack Asherov, chairman of the Israel National Anti-Doping Organization, said he prefers to consider Lensky innocent until proven guilty, according to a report from Walla.
“Until it is proven otherwise, I very much don’t want to besmirch an Israeli hero,” Asharov said.
Lensky adamantly denied that she had anything to hide and expressed willingness to undergo testing as soon as she returned to the country.
“I have not used any forbidden substances,” she said, according to the report.
The athlete added that a test scheduled for Saturday evening after the championships was canceled by the anti-doping organization.
Before a new date could be set she was informed of the deteriorating condition of her grandmother and left the country to visit her.
“Right now, the health condition of my grandmother is the most important thing to me,” she said.