Adams an­gry as ri­val Ostapchuk escapes life ban

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Olympic shot-put cham­pion Va­lerie Adams had ex­pected her for­mer ri­val Nadzeya Ostapchuk to get a life ban for dop­ing of­fences that saw her stripped of the Lon­don Olympics and 2005 world cham­pi­onships gold medals.

Ostapchuk has been handed a ret­ro­spec­tive fouryear ban, which ends on Au­gust 14, 2016, af­ter she tested pos­i­tive for the banned steroid metenolone af­ter pip­ing Adams for gold at the Lon­don Games in 2012.

Tests last year of sam­ples the Be­laru­sian gave at the 2005 world ath­let­ics cham­pi­onships, where she won gold, also found traces of the steroids formes­tane and 4-hy­drox­ytestos­terone.

Her ban will vir­tu­ally rule her out of the 2016 Olympics with the sus­pen­sion due to end dur­ing the ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion in Rio, though Adams’ man­ager Nick Cowan said they felt the Be­laru­sian had de­served a life ban for a sec­ond of­fence.

“Our un­der­stand­ing is that Ostapchuk has tested pos­i­tive twice for drugs,” Cowan told Ra­dio New Zealand. “You would nor­mally ex­pect that you could face a life ban.

“To be hon­est we were ex­pect­ing for it to be a bit heftier than four years but it is what it is.”

Cowan said he had only been made aware of the ban on Wed­nes­day af­ter Ostapchuk’s name ap­peared on the lat­est list of banned ath­letes is­sued by the world gov­ern­ing body In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions.

They were not told of the process or rea­son­ing, he said.

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