Track & Field
Valerie Adams says she doesn't want to "waste my breath" talking about Nadzeya Ostapchuk's cheating ways after the Belarus shot-putter was stripped of the Olympic gold medal for doping.
Testing positive for the steroid metenolone after beating New Zealand's defending champion at the London Games, Ostapchuk's career lies in tatters.
Adams has been promoted to the gold medal but may have to wait some time to get it with Ostapchuk suggesting she will appeal the IOC's decision.
Adams had little to say about Ostapchuk in the immediate aftermath of the Olympic competition - a possible sign of her own suspicions - and wasn't in a mood to discuss her tainted rival today.
"In my mind and in my heart, I have nothing to say about her, I don't want to waste any more of my breath or my time or my energy talking about her being a cheat," Adams told TV3 from her training base in Switzerland this morning.
"It's just a matter of savouring the moment now and celebrating with the rest of New Zealand on what has been for me a very emotional last seven days at the Olympics."
World champion Adams said she couldn't understand an athlete's drive to cheat to win - of being that desperate in a game of catchup against a rival.
"Not at all. I've been a chaser as well, and I've chased her for a couple of years when she was always beating me. But it never crossed my mind and I could never understand why people would go to that extent," Adams said.
"For a while she had the potential to throw naturally ... but obviously not."
Adams said she was still coming to terms with what had happened overnight. When New Zealand Olympic chef de mission Dave Currie rang here with the startling development, she thought it was a joke.
"I asked him if it was for real and he said yes, it's for real. It's been a rollercoaster, my phone hasn't stopped running," Adams told Firstline.
"We shared the moment of distress and disappointment on the 6th of August but today we share the moment of happiness. It's overwhelming.
"I haven't had much time to let it all sink in. I think with time and when I get my medal there will be the realisation that yes, this is really happening. But I'm over the moon, words can't express how I feel, I'm so happy."
Adams admitted there was the disappointment of not getting her medal in the Olympic stadium in front of her family, friends and coaching and management team. But she could cope with that now that justice had been served.
"I've been robbed of the moment so to speak, of having that moment and the national anthem being played and enjoying that with my family being there.
"But at the end of the day good things take time and one day we'll be able to sing the national anthem and receive my medal at a later date.
"It won't be any less special, it will be very special ... just as special as it would have been at the Olympic Games. It is what it is and I'm just glad with the result."
Adams said that in the immediate disappointment of not defending her Olympic title, she never thought about quitting. Her drive was about proving herself better at the next games in Brazil in 2016.
"Never, never, never, never," she said of contemplating giving it away.
"After the competition I was more motivated. I said, Rio, Rio, I'm going to be at Rio.
"It's kind of disheartening when I read some things from Australia saying it's the end of an era whereas in actual fact it's not the end of an era. I hope people will change their opinions on what they think I should be doing."
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