3 Apr 2014

Athletics NZ may appeal Ostapchuk decision

2:08 pm on 3 April 2014

Athletics New Zealand is considering mounting an appeal after the sport's international body, the IAAF, failed to impose a lifetime ban on disgraced Belarussian shotputter Nadzeya Ostapchuk.

Ostapchuk, who initially denied New Zealand's Valerie Adams the shot put gold medal at the London Olympics, was stripped of her Olympic title after returning a positive test for performance enhancing drugs.

A subsequent test of a 2005 sample also recorded a positive test.

The IAAF has given Ostapchuk a retrospective four-year suspension meaning she'll be suspended until August 14th, 2016.

It means she won't be able to compete at the Rio Olympics as her ban doesn't end until the second week of the Games, preventing her from being able to qualify.

Radio New Zealand understands Athletics New Zealand is now considering its next step, with an appeal a possibility.