OLYMPIC shot put champion Valerie Adams will receive her gold medal in a public ceremony in Auckland next week.
Disgraced doper Nadzeya Ostapchuk finally returned the medal after she failed two drug tests before and after the shot put competition at the London Olympic Stadium last month and had her win scrapped from the record books.
Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae will have the honour of presenting Adams with the medal, the first ever Olympic gold medal ceremony to be held in New Zealand.
The night event will also feature the biggest fireworks displays New Zealand has ever seen with simultaneous displays in Auckland and Wellington.
“It’s exactly what I wanted,” Adams told Fairfax NZ
“A public celebration on the night I arrive back home is wonderful. I’m looking forward to celebrating the gold medal with the people of New Zealand, as well as my family and members of the New Zealand Olympic team.”
Adams will be joined at the event by fellow gold medallists Mahe Drysdale, Eric Murray, Hamish Bond, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie and other medallists and members of the 2012 Olympic team.
“We’ve been working with Valerie to create a memorable event and are delighted to invite the people of New Zealand to share it,” said NZOC secretary general Kereyn Smith.
“It will be a wonderful occasion that honours her achievements on the world’s stage, as well the success of our proud London Olympic team.
“This is the very first time an Olympic gold medal will be presented in New Zealand and is an incredible opportunity for Kiwis to be proud and get involved.”
2000 tickets will be given away to the public.