Valerie's a cheat, claims rival
Wed, 15 Aug 2012 6:16p.m.
By Tom McRae
The Belarusian who was stripped of her gold medal for doping has over the last 24 hours made several outrageous claims.
Nadzeya Ostapchuk cheated her way to gold, and now she's accusing Adams of the same.
On a Belarusian track and field website, she unleashed conspiracy theory one.
"I think Valerie behaves unsportswomanlike," says Ostapchuk. "She was not even in the starting line up before the games because she's had a positive drug test in 2005.
"I am being covered in dirt but someone else comes out all clean."
The claim is false.
Then comes conspiracy theory two: she claims doping was the real reason Adams was left off the start list, not an administrative error.
"When there are rumours then most likely it means Valerie had some problems," says Ostapchuk. "Therefore what Adams says now about me is a joke. We will see how all of this will end, including for her."
Adams' manager Nick Cowan says the claims are complete rubbish, calling them "ridiculous" and "absurd".
"Let's make it absolutely clear – Drug-Free Sport New Zealand says Adams has never tested positive, never even been accused of doping, and the IAAF the Athletics Federation have tested and found her clean throughout her career," says Cowan.
Ostapchuk has another conspiracy theory too: she say she's been framed by her former coach Anatoly Baduyev.
Belarusian media are reporting he has been arrested for extorting money from coaches and athletes by blackmailing and threatening them to fix their tests, so they come out positive.
And the head of the Belarusian anti-doping agency says traces of the drug metenelone found in Ostapchuk's system doesn't automatically mean she's a cheat.
"All doping substances are used as medicine," he says. "It's not like arsenic, it's not like poison. That means doping could become a medicine and unfortunately it's often found in nutritional supplements too, so we can't rule this out either."
It seems there's nothing the Belarusian Olympic team won't say to hang on to Ostapchuk's medal.
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17/08/2012 12:19:58 p.m.
Ostapchuck you are in denial if you cannot face your own wrongdoing and cheating then psychologically there is something wrong with you. The glory comes to those that are truthful in their actions than trying to win gold on false claims. You know what steroids is and you cannot tell us that you were drugged by sumone else. You come from a background of it so why try and hide sumthing when you created all this yourself. Give up the gold and return it to the rightful owner. Shame on you for trying to decieve others when we can all see thru you.
17/08/2012 6:28:25 a.m.
It is pleasing that the doping control works, after a fashion anyway. I suspect many , many more , including some kiwis doped. Even our own sports administrators refuse to say no kiwis dope. On another issue I found valerie ungracious throughout the games, a bit of a whiner really. Contrast her victim script about not being in th right frame of mind, etc ,etc against nick Willis , who was charming.
17/08/2012 3:38:56 a.m.
She makes all female shot putters look like crap we have two work twice as hard to get peoples repsect and she ruins it. You have to be a thrower to understand how imbarrasing that is.
16/08/2012 10:04:15 p.m.
What the hell is this woman going on about?? Her claims are full of BS. She says that Valerie was not even in starting line-up before the games, because she had a positive drug test in 2005.. Seriously?? The 2008 Olympic games was three years after. Valerie won gold and no fail drug test..If Ostapchuk is found guilty, I hope she will be banned forever..
16/08/2012 7:06:27 p.m.
Bad bad bad bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
16/08/2012 1:43:50 p.m.
I feel pity for this Belarusian woman that not only is a cheater but obviously is so desperate that is trying to pollute Valerie so shamelessly. She caved her own grave, no one else, but she did stole Valerie'e golden moment since even Valerie will have the gold medal, time can't go back to have it in a proper ceremony, which she more than deserved. I think if you can't compete to win or lose with honour, you shouldn't call yourself an athlete. The only thing she has said and she is totally right about is that time will tell and Valerie will continue playing and winning all the medals she deserves to keep New Zealand so proud of her...!!
16/08/2012 12:16:51 p.m.
I totally agree with Mark's comment... "Truth stands and needs no justification, lies always need another lie to justify the previous one." Excellent quote!
16/08/2012 10:17:23 a.m.
I hope they ban her for LIFE after that comment. Stupid woman.
16/08/2012 12:07:54 a.m.
At first I jumped on the bandwagon of Nadzeya Ostapchuk being guilty when I first heard the news ,but began to think that there might be some validity to her claims. But now she is throwing all these theories around and is now trying to bring someone else down with her that has never been found to ever have drugs in her system. This just seems like a desperate attempt to save her own skin because she is guilty of the doping charges against her.
15/08/2012 10:19:15 p.m.
David I think that type of comment in a public forum is unnecessary,rude and cruel.
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