Olympian Dylan Armstrong intends to support his wife, Russian shot putter Evgeniia Kolodko, in the face of a positive test result for doping.
In a statement emailed to CBC Sports, the Kamloops shot putter said the revelation is difficult, not only because of his love for Kolodko, but because of his own Olympic medal experience related to doping.
Armstrong won bronze for Canada in shot put at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing only after waiting six years due to another doping revelation involving a competitor.
He met Kolodko in 2012 after the London Games and they were wed last fall in B.C.
“I am not only a dedicated Olympic athlete; I am a patriotic Canadian and a committed husband,” he said Wednesday. “As such I will encourage my wife to cooperate fully with the International Olympic Committee and with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as they determine the appropriate actions to be taken. At the same time, I will offer my love, patience and support to Evgeniia as she responds to the news of these doping test results in her home country of Russia and as she navigates her future as an elite athlete.”
Match TV, the Russian public sports channel, reported that Kolodko, 25, a silver medallist in 2012, and teammate Tatyana Belobordova, a hammer throw gold medallist, tested positive for prohibited substances.
On Saturday, May 28, Russia’s Olympic committee confirmed eight of the country's athletes have registered positive after the IOC announced 23 competitors from London 2012 tested positive following re-analysis of their samples.
The IOC's ruling executive board was expected to deal with the issue as it began three days of meetings Wednesday.