'Drug-cheat' shot-putter cries conspiracy after being stripped of Games gold medal

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 09:50 hrs

Disgrace Belarusian shot put athlete Nadzeya Ostapchuk is crying foul after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, pointing a finger at a former head athletics coach, who was arrested this year by Russia's Federal Security Service.

Ostapchuk was stripped of her London Olympics gold medal after testing positive in two separate drug tests at the games, and New Zealand's Valerie Adams was promoted to the top spot. Ostapchuk has suggested Anatoly Baduyev, the former deputy chairman of the Belarusian Athletics Federation, misled her without her knowledge.

"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," The Age quoted Ostapchuk, as saying.

In reference to a bigger plot Ostapchuk said she would carry out her own inquiry of the charges, including the 'participation of the investigating authorities'.

"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," Ostapchuk said.

"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," she added. (ANI)

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