Valerie Adams entry debacle review underway

KATE CHAPMAN
Last updated 14:59 23/08/2012
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ON THE DAIS: Valerie Adams and Nadzeya Ostapchuk.

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An investigation into a string of administrative errors that affected shot putter Valerie Adams' Olympic performance is underway and will be robust, Sports Minister Murray McCully says.

McCully met yesterday with Adams' manager Nick Cowan, New Zealand Olympic Committee members and High Performance Sport chief executive Alex Baumann.

The Olympic Committee was criticised following a series of administrative errors which arguably impacted on the gold-medal winner's performance at the Olympic Games in London earlier this month.

Adams was originally awarded the silver medal but was later named as the gold medallist after Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk tested positive for a banned steroid.

She is yet to be awarded the gold medal.

McCully said it was for others to say whether the admin errors had affected Adams' performance, but they should never have happened.

The meeting went well and he felt assured that there would be a full report into what went wrong, he said.

"I'm very confident that you'll now see the sector step up and show some leadership in addressing the shortcomings that were evident."

High Performance Sport would be advised of the findings so the two organisations could work together, he said.

"I look forward to hearing the results of their work when it's complete.

"I do want to express my confidence that they get it; they understand why we can't have this happen again and I'm very satisfied that people are going to deal with the issues that need to be dealt with."

McCully implored Adams to continue representing New Zealand.

"Part of that encouragement, or course, involves ensuring that she get the best possible support."

He also spoke to her the day after her showing at the Olympics.

"She's got a lot to offer, not just as someone who can win medals on New Zealand's behalf but as someone who can act as a good role model."

How and when the gold medal would be presented to Adams was also discussed at yesterday's meeting.

McCully said the Government would help in whatever way it could.

"A lot of New Zealanders would want to see her compensated for her inability to share that moment on the dais at the Olympics. They'd want to see her given a suitable accolade in New Zealand and we're very keen to do anything we can to help that."

But the details were for Adams and the Olympic Committee to decide upon, he said.

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