Deadline passes for Ostapchuk appeal
Tue, 04 Sep 2012 12:32p.m.
The London 2012 Olympics shot put gold now looks out of reach for disgraced Belarussian athlete Nadzeya Ostapchuk.
The dealine to appeal against her positive drug test has now passed.
Ostapchuk was stripped of her gold medal after failing a doping test. New Zealand's Valerie Adams was awarded the gold, Russia's Evgeniia Kolodko the silver and China's Lijiao Gong the bronze.
Ostapchuk was tested twice, once prior to the final and again the following day after she had finished first.
The IOC said both samples indicated the presence of metenolone, which is classified as an anabolic agent.
However, it’s not clear whether Ostapchuk will continue her fight for the medal.
Adam’s manager Nick Cowan spoke on Newstalk ZB saying: "She hadn't appealed late last week to our knowledge so we're just sort of taking a bit of a deep breath and waiting to hear what the outcome has been over the last few days.''
Cowan believes it’s unlikely that Ostapchuk will appeal considering the weight of the evidence against her.
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6/09/2012 8:38:26 a.m.
Fair NZer wrote:
Call for a BIG celebration for our successive double Olympic GOLD medallist, Valerie ADAMS...what say you, all NZers?
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