Valerie Adams will be not just one of 11 London Olympic champions in action in the Stockholm Diamond League meeting tonight; the New Zealand shot putter will be the only one without the 2012 gold medal.
The 27-year-old Kiwi was awarded the title earlier this week when it was announced that the Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk had tested positive on two separate occasions for the anabolic agent metenolone. The International Olympic Committee is now attempting to retrieve the gold medal so that Adams can add it to the one she won in Beijing in 2008.
The New Zealand All Blacks have launched a campaign to have a presentation before one of their Test matches. "It would be special if we could get in behind her and present an official gold medal," scrum-half Piri Weepu said. "She's worked pretty hard and has been outstanding since the last Olympics. It would only be fair for the country to give her the honour that she deserved."
However, it seems that Adams will have a prolonged wait to receive her reward. Murray McCully, New Zealand's Sports Minister, warned: "I understand that the International Olympic Committee doesn't keep a cupboard of medals to hand out on these occasions and that there is likely to be some delay."Reuse content