Valerie Adams will compete in NZ next year

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Last updated 05:00 20/09/2012

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Valerie Adams will compete in New Zealand next year.

The back-to-back Olympic champion, who last night received her shot put gold medal in a belated Auckland ceremony, has already pledged to throwing on home soil in the upcoming season.

And with 2013 a world championship year, in which Adams attempts to defend her crown for the fourth time, the New Zealand event could even shape up to be a warmup to August's highlight event in Moscow.

Adams' management had planned to bring a Diamond League-quality field to compete in Auckland this year before the London Games - only for the plan to fall over because of a lack of funding.

Having already secured government and commercial funding for the event, the Adams camp has always maintained a lack of support from Auckland Council was what stopped the concept from reaching execution.

But with Adams' stocks at an all-time high, it's unlikely roadblocks would remain. Adams certainly, has moved to reiterate her intention to compete in New Zealand.

“I definitely am going to compete in New Zealand next year,” she said. “Where and when I'm not sure, but I will be competing in New Zealand.”

Set for a short holiday, Adams says she plans to resume training in Auckland in a month's time before returning to her Swiss base where she will map out the next 12 months with coach Jean-Pierre Egger.

“I start back training in one month in New Zealand and then in the beginning of December go back to Switzerland for four weeks, until just before Christmas,” she said.

“Next season I will do what I do every year, competition-wise, but I'm yet to confirm what competitions I'll be doing and where. That's what I'll do in December with Jean-Pierre, we have a fair idea but nothing has been confirmed yet.

“I'm waiting on dates to be confirmed, but next year is the world championships and we'll be looking to defend the title for a fourth time.

“It's going to be a big job to do again, but it's fun, it's good."

Having received her gold medal a week after being named Olympic champion, after initial London 2012 winner Nadzeya Ostapchuk, of Belarus, being stripped by the International Olympic Committee for twice failing drug tests, Adams is looking forward to a new season having reached “massive closure” on one of the strangest and most difficult years of her career.

“I think this will be massive closure as to the chapter that unravelled at the Olympics, everything else that went on. I just want to close this chapter and start a new one,” she said.

“It's been pretty full-on.”

As for Ostapchuk's fate, which lays in the hands of the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Association of Athletics Federation after Belarusian authorities imposed a seemingly light one-year ban on the convicted steroid user, Adams has outlined her faith in world sport governors to "get it right."

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“That's still a process that is still going, it's not finished and it's up to Wada and the IAAF to make their decision as to what to do with her, punishment-wise,” Adams said.

“I have faith in them to keep the sport as clean as possible.

“The most unfortunate thing about this is that the sport of women's shot put has been tainted.

“I want people out there to know that it can be done clean, if you work your butt off to get there.”

- Fairfax Media

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