Disgraced Belarusian drug cheat Nadzeya Ostapchuk has been caught doping again - this time when she won the 2005 world shot put title in Helsinki.
Ostapchuk, who was ejected from the London 2012 Games when she twice tested positive for steroids, is one of four Belarusian athletes, and six in total, snared in re-tests from the 2005 world championships.
Jean-Pierre Egger, coach to New Zealand's double Olympic champion Valerie Adams, told Fairfax Media exclusively after the London 2012 Games that he believed Belarus was a nation helping athletes skirt the anti-doping system.
Adams is unavailable for comment today as she is competing at the Sydney Track Classic this evening. She has however released a brief statement.
"It is fantastic that the IAAF are working hard to uncover drug cheats and are focused on maintaining the integrity of the sport. I find it very motivating that the world governing body is committed to making the sport of Athletics as clean as possible," Adams said.
"I've had a great start to 2013 with the result from the Shot in the City in The Cloud last weekend and my training is going very well. I'm looking forward to the New Zealand Track & Field champs in Auckland in two weeks and heading towards the World Championships in Moscow in August."
Adams is to make further comment on Sunday through her management but the long-term career of Ostapchuk, who is already serving a one-year ban from her London shame, is now in serious doubt after world athletics body, the IAAF, today released the results of re-tests from 2005.
Ostapchuk has been named by the IAAF with countrymen Andrei Mikhnevich, Ivan Tsikhan and Vadim Devyatovskiy.
"The IAAF's message to cheaters is increasingly clear that, with constant advancements being made in doping detection, there is no place to hide," confirmed IAAF President Lamine Diack in a statement.
"This re-testing is just the latest example of the IAAF's firm resolve to expose cheating in our sport. The IAAF will continue to do everything in its power to ensure the credibility of competition, and where the rules have been broken, will systematically uncover the cheats.
"The six adverse findings involving have resulted in the initiation of disciplinary procedures which are currently ongoing in accordance with IAAF rules."
Adams won bronze at the 2005 world championships and could now be promoted to silver.
The IAAF says it will not make any further comment until the completion of disciplinary proceedings.
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