Belarus drugs cheat: I was framed
Wed, 15 Aug 2012 7:34a.m.
Disgraced Belarus athlete Nadzeya Ostapchuk is accusing a former coach of framing her, resulting in a positive Olympics drug test.
Ostapchuk was stripped of her women's shot put gold medal after testing positive to using metenolene, promoting New Zealander Valerie Adams to her second Olympic title.
In an interview with Belarus newspaper Pressball, translated by news website Charter 97, Ostapchuk fingered former head coach Anatoly Baduyev, who was arrested by Russia's Federal Security Service in June under suspicion of embezzlement.
One accusation against Baduyev was that he extorted money from coaches and athletes by blackmailing them with the threat of positive dope tests.
Ostapchuk said she had been victimised.
"The person [Baduyev], you know who I mean, the one who was involved in blackmail, he promised me long ago: you will have problems with doping control," she said.
"Now I think his threat begins to come true, even though he no longer works with us."
Ostapchuk repeated a desire to carry out her own investigation of the International Olympic Committee test result.
"I have nothing to hide from people. I've spent a lot of efforts to become an Olympic champion, I do not need excuses. I do not want to finish a career like this.
"Athletes need to know that there is someone to rely on, from whom they can receive support and advice. We want to feel protected instead of waiting for meanness from those who should help us."
Meanwhile, an aide to the Belarusian president for physical education sport and tourism told the Belarusian Telegraph Agency the government would fight for Ostapchuk to retain her gold medal.
Sports Medicine specialist, David Gerrard told Firstline the explanation isn't good enough.
“To say this is an innocent mistake would be hard to justify, we’re talking about a very old and somewhat hackneyed anabolic steroid, in other words a bodybuilding, masculine-ising, strength-enhancing drug,” said Mr Gerrard.
Ostapchuk beat Adams by more than half a metre with a best throw of 21.36m.
Her urine samples from the day before the event and immediately after it tested positive to the banned substance but she immediately denied any wrongdoing.
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15/08/2012 1:30:09 p.m.
Ostapchuk drug test are correct now if you going to try and prove anything. Take all the thorns and be responsible for your own actions you know that you disgrace yourself and trying to win sumthing that was not yours in the first place. If you were clean you would of pass the drug test and no one would of knock on your door and ask you to give it back so hey give it back to the rightful owner to valerie.
15/08/2012 10:43:38 a.m.
how on earth can she say she was framed when clearly her body has morfed into a manly mess. if indeed this does happen i think you would be questioning the changes in your body lady. man up and take the blame...
15/08/2012 10:17:44 a.m.
Something really fishy here. Even NZ expects say the steroid found gave no improvement during competition and can be easily tested. It is too strange to take it.
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