Belarus athletes urged to 'admit mistakes'

Last updated 12:59 25/08/2012
Nadzeya Ostapchuk
CAUGHT OUT: Disgraced Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk.

Relevant offers


New Zealand men's rowing four wait on Russia and Fisa re Rio Olympics spot Brazilian military police officers in Kiwi fighter Jason Lee's 'kidnapping' arrested Invercargill man Nigel Skelt plays important role for World Badminton Federation Rio Olympics top five: Young guns ready to fire for New Zealand Cross-dresser tries robbing Australian TV crew in Rio Brazilian warplanes collide while training for Olympics duty Designers of Rio Olympics uniforms feeling the heat around the world New Zealand Olympic sailors working hard to counter multiple threats of Rio's polluted waters At least 105 Russians barred from Rio Olympics over doping Quiz: What do you know about Olympic controversies and scandals?

The president of Belarus is calling for his own debriefing into the country's abysmal display at the London Olympics, with disgraced shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk not the only team member to be fighting doping accusations.

Ostapchuk was unceremoniously stripped of her gold medal after returning two positive drugs tests for anabolic steroids at the games. New Zealand's Valerie Adams was named the rightful gold medallist.

While she is said to be handing back her silver medal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today, Adams is still awaiting the return of the gold medal from Ostapchuk.

Belarusian Hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan was also pulled out of his event at the 11th hour after retrospectively-tested samples he gave in 2004 returned positive results earlier this year.

Belarus agency Interfax said the country's dictator Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with the athletes and coaches of the Olympic team in Minsk earlier this week.

There, he told the Olympic team they needed to recognise their mistakes, in order to perform at Rio de Janeiro.

"One need[s] to find courage to admit mistakes, to take into account gained experience, and with perseverance, dedication work for the result," Lukashenko said.

"Some of the tasks assigned to our team, were not fulfilled. Unfortunately, not all were able to cope with stress - determined to win in a hard struggle with rivals. Quite frank[ly], some were not prepared to perform at the Olympic Games at all."

Before the games, Lukashenko reportedly told Belarusian media they were expecting 25 medals of the 2012 Olympics. They came away with 12, not counting Ostapchuk's.

Belarusian newswire Charter 97 wrote Lukashenko had called the results "depressing."

"Compared to the previous Olympics, we rolled down in the medal standings. In particular sports results are just depressing.

"All this will be a subject to a separate serious conversation after a detailed analysis of the performance of our Olympians," he said.

Belarusian officials were standing behind Ostapchuk, who was awarded the country's Order of the Fatherland third class after her initial shot put win.

Investigations had been launched there to investigate how the drug metenalone got into her system.

Ostapchuk has become a household name in New Zealand after her doping cost Adam's the chance to stand at the top of the podium and collect her second shot put Olympic gold medal.

Ad Feedback

In a desperate bid to save her tattered reputation, Ostapchuk has tried to level her own doping allegations at Adams, which have been labelled as "raving mad" by athletics officials throughout the world. She has vowed she would be appealing the IOC's decision.

An appeal had not yet been filed however, which meant Adams would have to wait until the official process was over before she could collect her gold.

At Diamond League event in Lausanne, Adams said yesterday she didn't care what Ostapchuk did.

"I don't care what she does. I'm giving back my silver medal to get the gold.

"I'm here, I'm the Olympic champion whether she likes it or not and that's the truth. That's just it."

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Where should Val Adams be presented her gold medal?


Eden Park

Her home patch of South Auckland

None of the above

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content