Canadian shot putter Dylan Armstrong has urged his wife Yevgeniya Kolodko to cooperate with an investigation into doping after she was revealed to be one of eight Russian athletes to have tested positive for banned drugs following a re-analysis of samples from the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Along with Olympic hammer gold medallist Tatyana Beloborodova, Kolodko was one of two Russians publicly identified last night as having tested positive at London 2012 by Russia's public sports channel Match TV.
The situation is set to be among the lead items on the agenda when the International Olympic Committee's ruling Executive Board begin three days of meetings here this afternoon.
Kolodko had originally finished third in the shot at London 2012 with a personal best of 20.48 metres but was upgraded to the silver medal after the winner, Belarus' Nadzeya Ostapchuk, tested positive for anabolic agent metenolone.
Kolodko is now set to be stripped of that medal.
The news is embarrassing for Armstrong, awarded an Olympic bronze medal last year for his performance at Beijing 2008 after Belarus' Andrei Mikhnevich was disqualified for doping.
Armstrong had met Kolodko, a 25-year-old from Irkutsk, in 2012 and married her in a private civil ceremony in British Columbia last year.
"I did not know Evgeniia (sic) before the 2012 London Games," Armstrong, the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games gold medallist, said in a statement sent to Canadian broadcaster CBC.
"I have come to know her as a sport colleague and now as my wife.
"News of athlete doping is very disheartening for competitive athletes who are committed to competing clean.
"I have never condoned doping in sport.
"I also know personally how disheartening it can be after waiting more than 6 years after the 2008 Beijing to receive my Olympic bronze medal due to the doping practices of a competitor.
"I have been consistently outspoken about my position on doping which is zero tolerance.
"Today's news is especially difficult as it affects both the Olympic Athletic Community I am part of - and someone I love deeply; Evgeniia.
"I am not only a dedicated Olympic athlete; I am a patriotic Canadian and a committed husband.
"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."
If the positive test at London 2012 is confirmed, the 25-year-old Kolodko will also lose the silver medals she won at the 2013 European Indoor Championships in Gothenbug and the 2014 European Championships in Amsterdam.
Kolodko and Armstrong are both coached by Anatoliy Bondarchuk, winner of the Olympic gold medal in the hammer at Munich 1972 when competing for the Soviet Union.
"I appreciate your patience and respect for my privacy," Armstrong said in his statement.
"Any questions regarding the WADA testing, the investigative process and resulting decisions or determinations should be directed to the International Olympic Committee and/or the World Anti-Doping Agency.
"I will not be speaking on behalf of Evgeniia on this matter."