Shot put champion Valerie Adams and New Zealand team
manager Raylene Bates hug in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by
Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams and Raylene Bates
are still friends, embracing each other when they met in
Bates was the manager of the athletics section of the New
Zealand Olympic team in London and made the mistake that led
to Adams being left off the original shot put start list.
But the pair remain good mates, and Adams bears no ill will
towards Bates for her role in the incident.
"We are good friends," Adams said. "Raylene does so much for
"Everyone can learn from this year and move on and make sure
that nothing like this happens again."
Adams was in Dunedin yesterday to promote her book,
Valerie, written with Phil Gifford.
Adams was beaten in the shot put by Nadzeya Ostapchuk
(Belarus) and received the silver medal in London. She had
left the Olympic village before she learned of Ostapchuk's
positive drug test and her elevation to the gold medal.
Yesterday was the first time time Adams had seen Bates since
hearing of her being awarded the gold medal.
Bates, who told the Otago Daily Times last week she
would offer no further comment on her role in the mix-up,
brought along a bottle of wine and two glasses for the pair
to celebrate when they met at a Dunedin cafe.
In the book, Adams relates how an agreement was made with
chef de mission Dave Currie that Bates' name should not be
mentioned at the press conference.
Currie did not adhere to the agreement and named Bates as the
official responsible for the mistake.
"I felt Dave Currie hung Raylene out to dry. I was really sad
about that. I was even more upset to read online that
Raylene's husband had revealed how disappointed and upset she
was," Adams said in the book.
"It was Dave Currie's decision to name her. I wish she had
been given more support and help."
A mishap happened and people should be held accountable, but
I think what was done to Raylene was wrong. In my opinion,
Dave Currie was just covering his butt. I believe what was
done was very unfair."