Olesya Povkh is among two sprinters to have failed drugs tests ©Getty Images

Ukrainian sprinters Olesya Povkh and Olha Zemlyak have each been suspended from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships starting here tomorrow after failing drugs tests.

Their provisional suspensions were announced by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) here today.

Povkh was entered in the women's 100 metres and 4x100m relay here and Zemlyak was due to compete over 400m and in the 4x400m relay.

Povkh won bronze medals in the 4x100m relay the 2011 World Championships in Daegu and the 2012 Olympics in London. 

She won the 60m at the 2011 European Indoor Championships in Paris before taking silver at this year's event in Belgrade.

Zemlyak claimed a European Championships 4x400m relay gold in Helsinki in 2012 before taking individual and relay silver two years later in Zurich.

It has not been announced yet what substances Povkh and Zemlyak tested positive for. 

"The provisional suspensions have been imposed following each athlete being charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation for the use of a prohibited substance," the AIU said.

"Each athlete is now afforded the right to a hearing to determine the charge in accordance with IAAF Rules.

"The two athletes shall remain provisionally suspended until the outcome of their respective cases."

Ukraine's Olha Zemlyak pictured competing in the 400 metres at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro ©Getty Images
Ukraine's Olha Zemlyak pictured competing in the 400 metres at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro ©Getty Images

Ukraine have the second worst recent doping record in athletics behind Russia, which must be an embarrassment for IAAF senior vice-president Sergey Bubka. 

A total of six Ukrainian athletes have so far been retrospectively disqualified from London 2012 following re-analysis of their doping samples. 

The most notable name was Oleksandr Pyatnytsya, winner of a silver in the javelin before being stripped of the medal in February 2016.

Others included Lyudmyla Yosypenko and Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko, fourth and fifth respectively in the heptathlon and marathon at London 2012, 

Anna Mishchenko and Svitlana Shmidt also lost the silver medals they had won in the 1500 and 3,000 metres steeplechase respectively at the 2012 European Championships following the retests.

In April, the Ukrainian Athletics Federation apologised to the IAAF and World Anti-Doping Agency for an embarrassing mix-up after they appeared to promise athletes that they would avoid punishment if they admitted using banned drugs.

it followed the uploading of a story on their website promising that if athletes "voluntarily confess" to taking drugs during a month-long period then they would avoid any public sanctions apart from a "quarantine (temporary suspension from competition) for the period taken for traces of banned substances to leave the body".

They claimed the article was a "mis-communication" and removed it from their website.