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Belarus Olympian, Nadzeya Ostapchuk, Divested Of Gold Medal After Olympic Officials Learn She Was Doping

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Tuesday, 14 August 2012. Posted in Breaking News

Olympian Nadzeya Ostapchuk used performance enhancing substances

After winning an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Belarus’s Nadzeya Ostapchyk, a shot putter, was divested of the Gold Monday, August 13.

Officials at the International Olympic Committee learned that the shot putter used performance enhancing drugs. The committee has a severe “no tolerance” policy for doping, as they are determined to facilitate clean Olympic competitions.

Moreover, due to the fact that Nadzeya Ostapchuk was stripped of her Olympic Gold medal, Valerie Adams of New Zealand was upgraded to the gold medal.

Russian shot putter Evgeniia Kolodko was upgraded to the silver medal, and Gong Lijiao of China was upgraded to Bronze.

A week after the winning the gold medal in the shot put competition, the International Olympic Committee tested Ostapchuk for performance enhancing substances not to mention illicit substances.

Ostapchuk tested positive for metenolone.

Metenolone is an anabolic steroid. Although there is no legally approved prescriptive use of the drug, it is commonly used among professional athletes, baseball players in particular.

In 2003, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for a derivative of the substance that he is alleged to have said he purchased over the counter in the Dominican Republic.

Moreover, the International Olympic Committee is said to have tested Ostapchuk before and after her competition. Each sample confirmed that the now disgraced Olympian was under the influence of the performance enhancing substance.

According to reports, the Belarus Olympic Committee has been instructed to not only return the medal but also return the medalist pin and the diploma.

The International Olympic Committee, under the leadership of Jacques Rogge, made the announcement that the Belarusian shot putter must return the medal just hours after the closing ceremony ended and the Olympic flame was extinguished.

Prior to Ostapchuk’s performance enhancing substance scandal, the Belarus Olympic Committee insisted that Ivan Tsikhan, the hammer thrower, return home due to concerns that they had regarding the sample he provided subsequent to winning a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics of 2004.

With that said, consider that the International Olympic Committee purported that 2012 would be the year that they implemented the most comprehensive and thorough Anti-doping Olympic regimen to date.

According to reports dispersed by the International Olympic Committee, the committee obtained nearly six thousand blood and urine samples, including samples that were obtained randomly and unannounced prior to competitions.

IOC President Rogge announced that although the games are complete, as many as five new doping scandals could be exposed.

Olympic officials had great hopes that all 302 events would conclude with no revised standings due to doping incidents; until recently it appeared that their hopes were granted.

In conclusion, the International Olympic Committee has approximately eight years to retain all 2012 Olympic Game samples, alter results, redistribute medals and even divest medals. The official statute of limitations is August 2020.

If you or anyone that you know has had difficulty concluding the use of performance enhancing substances, alcohol or other drugs, please call us now. We can help you.

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DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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