Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Belarussian Loses Gold over Doping

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Belarussian Loses Gold over Doping

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Nadzeya Ostapchuk, a shot putter, became the first athlete to be stripped of a medal at the London Olympics.

The first doping violation by a prominent athlete at the London Games was announced hours after the closing ceremony. Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus was stripped of her gold medal in the shot put Monday morning for testing positive for an anabolic steroid, the International Olympic Committee said.

Ostapchuk, 31, was tested Aug. 5 and again Aug. 6 after she competed in the shot put, the I.O.C. said in a statement. Both urine samples were tainted with methenolone, classified as an anabolic agent on the list of banned substances.

The gold medal was retroactively awarded to Valerie Adams of New Zealand, who had been the defending Olympic champion. Evgeniia Kolodko of Russia moves up to silver and Lijiao Gong of China will receive a bronze.

The Belarus Olympic committee "is ordered to return to the I.O.C., as soon as possible, the medal, diploma and medalist pin awarded to the athlete in relation to the above-noted event," the I. …

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