Former State Coach of the Ukrainian National Track-and-Field Team, First Vice President of the Track-and-Field Federation Valerii Aleksandrov deems baseless the accusations by the State Service for Youth and Sports of his improper performance of duties while the State Coach, he has told Ukrainian News.
"The Youth Service tells me about embezzlements on trainings. The coach responsible for conducting them submits the financial report. I'm asking: why he does not submit this financial report to the State Coach- that is me - for signature and they say this a system error. And herewith dismiss for uncontrol," said Aleksandrov.
He underlines, the financial statements for conducting trainings of track and field athletes in Kyslovodsk (Russia), most likely, involved irregularities but chief coach Kostiantyn Stepantsev is responsible for them.
However, Aleksandrov opines that competent law-enforcement agencies are to conduct an investigation, convey the case to court, and only then any accusations can be mounted.
Furthermore, the ex-State Coach of the National Track-and-Field Team stressed that the Youth Service's inquiry into the squander in the team is due to election of the head of the Track-and-Field Federation.
"These investigations are directly concerned with the election. The Youth Service deputy head Serhii Hluschenko has said the Service wants to gather up such leaders, whom it would be convenient for them to work with. Probably, [current head of the Track-and-Field Federation Valerii] Borzov does not suit them," he added.
Aleksandrov opines, current leadership of the State Service for Youth and Sports are laymen in sports, without proper education and experience, and he attributes problems in this area to this.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the State Service for Youth and Sports set up a commission to investigate violations within the field-and-track national team, which revealed corruption facts.
According to the commission report, there are no documental proofs of the UAH 1.3 million expenses on the training practice in Kyslovodsk between March 2011 and July 2012.
Following results of the commission work, the State Service for Youth and Sports dismissed chief coach of the Ukrainian National Track-and-Field Team Oleksandr Apaichev and State Coach of the Ukrainian National Track-and-Field Team Valerii Aleksandrov because of improper control over the team entrusted to him.
Speaking in an interview with the Ukrainian News, Aleksandrov stressed he had submitted the resignation letter on September 19, but the State Youth and Sports Service had decided otherwise.
It also recommended to sack chief coach of the National Athletics Team, Kostiantyn Stepantsev, and the team head Ruslan Russa.