Nadzeya Ostapchuk, Belarusian shot putter, stripped of Olympic gold
Bealrusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk was stripped of her Olympic gold medal on Monday after two drug tests confirmed she had traces of a banned, anabolic agent, according to a report Monday morning from Tom Bryant of The Guardian. New Zealand’s Valerie Adams, who took home silver, will be awarded the gold.
Adams said: “I am speechless with this news. It is taking me some time to take this in. It is also encouraging for those athletes like myself, who are proud to compete cleanly, that the system works and doping cheats are caught.”
Ostapchuk was tested once on August 5 and again the day after her gold winning performance of throwing the shot put 21.36 meters. The International Olympic Committee confirmed that there was in fact metenolone, a banned substance, in her system at the time of her competition.
Ostapchuk became only the second athlete to be banned from the London Olympics; judo fighter Nick Delpopolo of the U.S. was disqualified from his 73 kilogram weight class after traces of marijuana were found in his blood.
News of Ostapchuk’s ban ironically comes shortly after IOC president Jacques Rogge said the fight against doping at the Olympics has been a success.