Greek Olympic sprinters charged with avoiding drug test

Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou have been charged with avoiding a drugs test on the eve of the Athens Olympics and of faking a motorcycle accident hours later.

Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou have been charged with avoiding a drugs test on the eve of the Athens Olympics and of faking a motorcycle accident hours later.

A two-month investigation ended with chief prosecutor Dimitris Papangelopoulos issuing charges against 31-year-old Kenteris and 29-year-old Thanou.

Kenteris, who took gold over 200m in the Sydney Olympics, and Thanou, who won silver over 100m, were charged with misdemeanour counts of obstructing a doping test and making false statements.

Christos Tzekos, formerly the athletes’ coach, has also been charged.

Kenteris and Thanou pulled out of the Athens Games to avoid being thrown out by the International Olympic Committee.

No trial date has yet been set.

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