Olympic shot put gold medallist Valerie Adams knows exactly what
she will say to rival Nadzeya Ostapchuk when they next meet -
Adams, who finished second behind Belarusian Ostapchuk in the Olympic competition on August 6, learned last night that her rival had failed pre-event and post-competition drugs tests, and would be stripped of her gold medal.
The Kiwi said she burst into tears when she found out that her silver medal had turned to gold and she had defended the title she won at Beijing in 2008.
But Adams told ONE News today that she had no sympathy for Ostapchuk, who had shown remarkable improvement in recent months.
Asked what she would say to Ostapchuk the next time she sees her, Adams was adamant it would be "nothing".
"I don't want to waste any more of my energy or breath on her or anybody that's involved with her.
"Now my energy will be put into me recovering from everything that happened last week and also going forward into my next competitions coming up.
"I have nothing to say to her. I say good riddance, because everything is put in place to make the sport clean and now I can be satisfied with the fact that women's shot put is even cleaner."
Swiss coach Jean-Pierre Eggers backed up Adams' statements and the suspicions of many close to the NZ Olympic team.
"It was a good thing that she was kept positive, because it was not possible otherwise - [Ostapchuk's] performance was not credible," he told ONE News.
Adams was driving to Eggers' house when she got the call from NZ Olympic Chef de Mission Dave Currie, informing her of the IOC ruling and her elevation to the gold medal. She had to pull the car over as she was overcome with tears.
"I had to question him and ask him if he was pulling my leg or not," she says.
"I've had a very emotional last 10 days and now this news is delivered to me - it's every emotional times for me."
Adams said her biggest regret is that she did not get to share her gold medal celebration with family and friends after the competition.
"My family was there and I wished I could share that moment with them, but I did share the moment I did have with them," she said.
"They were there when I needed them the most, when I cried the most."
Ostapchuk maintains innocence
On the other side of the world, Ostapchuk maintains her innocence and vows to fight against the decision.
"To be honest, I don't know all the details, because I just got this information myself from the internet," she told local media in Minsk.
"It's a complete shock to me, because I was tested on July 30 [before going to London] - it showed I was clean," she said, adding that she would wait for the Belarusian delegation to return from London before deciding what to do next.
"In total, I've been tested 16 times since April. You must be a complete idiot to take doping just before the competition, especially such an out-dated drug as a steroid, knowing you're going to be tested not once, but probably several times."
Ostapchuk also accused Olympic organisers of prejudice against the Belarusian athletes.
"You all know how we had been treated there, just ask Ivan Tsikhan," she said, referring to the Belarusian hammer thrower, who was prevented from competing in London following a request from the sport's world governing body (IAAF).
"We must fight for our rights. If we remain silent and accept the punishment, then they will continue to humiliate us."
Tsikhan won the bronze in Beijing four years ago, but was stripped of the medal, after tests showed his testosterone levels were above acceptable limits.
"I was closely watched by Olympic drug testers, especially after
what had happened to Tsikan.
"I was tested twice more in London, but I don't have any idea how this thing ended up in my body. I'm going to fight this allegation, because it can't be possible."
Tsikhan and team-mate Vadim Devyatovskiy, who won silver in Beijing and also had his medal taken away, successfully appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in 2010 against their sanctions.
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