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Wednesday, 2 March 2005

Lest We Forget

In case anyone has forgotten about the "dynamic duo" of Greek sprinting, Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou, it is reported that the Greek sports authorities have postponed by two weeks the judgement on them for missing doping tests.

They were expected to learn their fate by the end of February, but late evidence from them has pushed the date back.

A decision is now expected by around mid-March.

The athletes, who withdrew from the Athens Olympics days before they were scheduled to race in front of a home crowd, have been suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for missing the three tests, including the one scheduled for Athens.

The IAAF said the sprinters had failed to provide samples for tests in Tel Aviv, Chicago and Athens and ordered SEGAS to hold a disciplinary inquiry.

The athletes also face a criminal hearing in Greece over the missed drugs tests and have been charged with faking a motorcycle accident on the day of the Athens test, which led to them spending four days in hospital.

It seems that there seem to have been some new documents, submitted by the (athletes) lawyers, which are now being evaluated.

It was not clear what this new evidence is.

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