Wednesday September 12, 2012
Shot putter Ostapchuk gets one-year ban
MINSK: Disgraced Belarus shot putter Nadezhda Ostapchuk was yesterday handed a one-year ban after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid that cost her Olympic gold.
The sentence was lenient because Ostapchuk was completely in the dark that she had doped, according to Alexander Vanhadlo, the head of Belarus’ anti-doping agency.
Vanhadlo said that Ostapchuk’s coach, Alexander Yefimov, was the only person responsible for the violation of the doping code and was banned for four years.
“Yefimov confessed that he added the banned drug metenolone into Ostapchuk’s food because he was worried by her unimpressive results ahead of the Olympics,” Vanhadlo told the press.
“Yefimov said that he did it at the training base in Belarus just days before the start of the Games without Ostapchuk’s knowledge.” — AFP