Val Adams still wants NZOC investigation

SIMON PLUMB IN BIEL, SWITZERLAND
Last updated 05:00 16/08/2012
MIKE SCOTT/Fairfax NZ

Fairfax reporter Simon Plumb visited gold medal winning shot putter Valerie Adams at her training base in Switzerland to talk about her rollercoaster Olympic Games.

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Newly-declared Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams has opened up on her strained relationship with the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

In an exclusive interview with Fairfax Media, following the positive drug test by Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk, Adams said she doesn't want to see an investigation into how she was treated in London swept under the carpet.

Adams said Athletics NZ had created unnecessary problems for her around her uniform fitting, dating back to March and which were still unresolved before the Games.

She said she had also asked for her own room in the village, but had been rebuffed. 

Upon arriving in London, she discovered most Kiwi track and field athletes had rooms to themselves, while she still had to share.

Coupled with a worrying back injury leading into London that stopped her training for three days, this had raised her anxiety.

The starting confirmation gaffe, where a Kiwi official mistakenly left her off the shot put event list, "pushed me over the edge". 

She thanked Sports Minister Murray McCully for getting involved by offering to investigate the blunders.

Her motivation was to ensure similar treatment never happened to Kiwi athletes preparing for major events again.

Adams was particularly critical of Kiwi Olympic chef de mission, Dave Currie, for naming athletics official Raylene Bates as the official responsible for the starting registration snafu. 

"I don't want people to sweep this under the carpet because of the result," she said.  "It still happened; it still contributed to unnecessary stress.  I just want to make sure this does not happen in the future to other athletes.

"I just really felt for Raylene when Dave Currie dropped her name. I thought it was very, very unfair. I thought we had made a decision not to because I did not want that....but it was his choice to do that and I can't control what other people do.

"At the end of the day, out of everything that happened, I was the one affected but I did nothing wrong."

Adams said she had been encouraged that Ostapchuk had been caught and that anti-doping regulations seem to be working.

"I think it would have been different if Ostapchuk was on the same level playing field as the rest of us but she wasn't. She out-dominated me on the day but now we know it was all enhanced by some sort of substance."

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