Radeviča steps down as President of LAA following a failed Olympic doping retest

Radeviča steps down as President of LAA following a failed Olympic doping retest

Former European long jump Champion Ineta Radeviča has decided to step down from her position as President of the Latvian Athletics Association after being tested positive for the steroid oxandrolone in a retest of her sample from the 2012 Olympics.

Radeviča finished fourth at the 2012 Olympics, missing the bronze medal by one centimeter. She is the fifth woman from that Olympic competition to face doping accusations. 3 athletes have been disqualified since the International Olympic Committee began retesting samples with modern methods.

The Latvian athlete retired from competition after the 2012 Olympics, and served as President of the LAA since 2017. Radeviča nevertheless insisted that she has not consumed doping wittingly, but did not go as far as to contradict the results of the test. 

Radeviča commented, ‘"Taking into account the present situation, I have decided to step down as president of the Latvian Athletics Association so that the started projects are finished and the federation is not put to risk”