Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk was stripped of her gold medal for winning the women’s shot put at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The results of anti-doping tests containing the steroid positive arrived shortly after the two-week Olympic games concluded. Ostapchuk was the first Olympic medalist to test positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug (PED).
Ostapchuk tested positive for methenolone. Methenolone or metenolone is the generic name for the anabolic steroid more commonly known by athletes and bodybuilders as Primobolan. Primobolan is available as oral steroid (methenolone acetate) and as an injectable steroid (methenolone enanthate).
Ostapchuk claimed to be shocked that she tested positive for anabolic steroids. At least her response showed that she was shocked that she was caught using steroids.
“I do not understand where it could come from,” said Ostapchuk. “I’m looking like an idiot to take this in heading for the games and knowing that it is so easy to be tested. Nonsense. I’m being tested every month, every week.”
So was Ostapchuk shocked that she tested positive for steroids because she was “clean”?
Or was she shocked because she knew how to avoid detection but still got caught?
Ostapchuk has been among the elite female shot putters for over a decade. She has never tested positive for a banned PED prior to the Olympic games. She suggested only an idiot would get caught using steroids at the Olympics in an interview with the internet news agency Noviny.by. After all, she has been passing anti-doping tests on a regular basis i.e. weekly and monthly.
Her comments echoed those of Dick Pound who famously stated that only dopey athletes get caught using steroids. They must not only fail an anti-doping test but also an intelligence test given that most athletes know how to avoid detection.
Ostapchuk agreed that only “idiots” would get caught at an Olympics where a record-number of drug tests would take place. Obviously, Ostapchuk didn’t consider herself to be one of them.
Associated Press. (August 13, 2012). Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk stripped of Olympic gold medal for doping. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/belarusian-shot-putter-nadzeya-ostapchuk-stripped-of-olympic-gold-medal-for-doping/2012/08/13/32d751bc-e533-11e1-9739-eef99c5fb285_story.html