Ostapchuk's coach drugged food
Wed, 12 Sep 2012 5:36a.m.
Belarus shotputter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who was stripped of her London Olympic gold medal after testing positive for a banned steroid, had really taken doping, however being unaware of it, head of Belarus anti-doping body Alexander Vankhadlo says.
"According to the results of investigation and the athlete's coach Yefimov Alexander Nikolayevich's confession it was discovered that, after the last doping test, he added some forbidden substance into the Ostapchuk's meals - as he was worried that the athlete would eventually show poor results - without letting her know about it," Vankhadlo says.
Two urine samples taken from Ostapchuk before and after her win tested positive for metenolone, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in a statement the day after the Games ended. Belarus had been ordered to return Ostapchuk's gold medal which had to be awarded to New Zealand's Valerie Adams.
Vankhadlo says the investigation results proved that the case was an exceptional one and Ostapchuk could not be found guilty of knowingly taking doping but she nevertheless should take the consequences.
"There was no substantial guilt or negligence in what the athlete has done as she was absolutely unaware of it, but we take into account that according to the world anti-doping codex and the rules of the International Athletics Federation, the athletes - and only them - are responsible for the substances which get into their organism. We decided to disqualify Ostapchuk for one year," he says, adding that according to the codex the punishment might be reduced.
Ostapchuk in August denied any wrongdoing, saying she would fight to clear her name.
Neither she, nor her coach were available for comments on Monday.
Ostapchuk, who had won the gold with a throw of 21.36 metres, was world champion in 2005 and European champion two years ago. In July, at a meeting in Minsk, she threw 21.58, the best outdoor distance in the world since 1998.
In August, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko awarded his country's Olympic medalists, including Ostapchuk, with state awards, letters of thanks and honorary titles.
Each athlete, wearing creme Belarussian linen jackets embroidered with the state seal, was presented a medal and bouquet by Lukashenko.
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12/09/2012 10:43:27 a.m.
12/09/2012 10:39:39 a.m.
Hmm so we are meant to believe that one day she just grew those muscles and manly features and didnt know something was up.... really its just a ploy to get her in the next olympics isnt it
12/09/2012 10:33:13 a.m.
Ostapchuk tell someone who cares lol! Or build a bridge and get over it! Whether or not you knew about it doesnt matter other atheletes were stripped of there medals regardless of them not knowing! You can keep your identity, your state award, letter of thanks, honorary title, your bouquet of flowers and your Belarussian embroidered blazer with the seal from your President.
Just give the God dam medal back to someone who deserves it aye...... WearerightbehindyouVALERIE!
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