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Bitter Ostapchuk hits out at Adams

Shamed Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuck has unloaded on Valerie Adams, accusing her of also taking drugs.


Nadzeya Ostapchuk

SHAMED Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuck has unloaded on Valerie Adams, accusing her of also taking drugs.

Ostapchuk was stripped of her gold medal from the London Olympics after failing drug tests before and after competiting.

Adams was promoted to first place, giving the Kiwi her second gold medal after winning in Beijing in 2008.

Not content with having her own name dragged through the mud, Ostapchuk also was trying to bring Adams down with her.

She accused Adams of behaving poorly during the Olympics, it was reported by media in her homeland.

“She was not even in starting line-up before the games, because she had a positive drug test in 2005,” Ostapchuk said.

“I’m being covered in dirt, but someone else comes out all clean.”

Drug Free Sport New Zealand chief executive Graeme Steel told Fairfax NZ he vehemently dismissed the accusations.

“Val has never failed any of our drug tests and the International Association of Athletic Federations are required to provide any tests of theirs that she fails. They have never done that,” he said.

The claims were also rubbished by Adams’ manager Nick Cowan in an interview with 3News.

“She (Ostapchuk) is obviously angry. She obviously has her own issues that she needs to deal with. She has been caught.

“She has a right to go through the process that she wants to go through, but she doesn’t have a right to make slanderous comments.”

Ostapchuk alleged doping was the reason Adams was left off the start list, not an administrative error, and that what Adams was saying about her was a joke.

“We will see how all of this will end, including for her.”

She also claimed she was framed, accusing a former head athletics coach who was earlier this year arrested by Russia’s Federal Security Service.

News site Charter 97 said he was detained by the FSS, formerly known as the KGB, for extorting money from coaches and athletes by blackmailing them with the threat of positive drug tests.

In the interview with Pressball overnight, translated by Charter 97, Ostapchuk said she was a victim.

”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. Now I think his threat begins to come true, even though he no longer works with us.”

She said she would carry out her own investigation of the charges.

”Anything that will be learned during the investigation will be known to everyone. 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,” she said in the interview.

”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.”

Adams will have a significant wait before she receives the gold medal.

The International Olympic Committee is working on retrieving Ostapchuk’s, but said it could take some time now she had returned to Belarus.