Steroids found at doping scandal warehouse

A search of a warehouse used by the coach at the centre of a doping scandal involving Greece’s star sprinters uncovered small amounts of anabolic steroids. a government agency said.

A search of a warehouse used by the coach at the centre of a doping scandal involving Greece’s star sprinters uncovered small amounts of anabolic steroids. a government agency said.

A prosecutor and two inspectors from Greece’s National Organisation of Medicines searched Christos Tsekos’ offices and warehouse on August 21 and took possession of the supplements.

“The supplements included materials that do not have a distribution licence” from the agency, a statement said in Athens.

The agency, known as EOF, said more than 1,000 “units” of food supplements had ephedrine as their main ingredient.

“Small quantities of medicines that contained anabolic steroids” were also found in the warehouse, EOF said.

Most of the products were manufactured in the United States, Bulgaria and Germany, the agency said.

The agency would “take all the necessary actions that are foreseen by the law,” the statement said, without elaboration.

EOF added that “the inspections would continue and expand in all directions.”

Last week’s search of Tsekos’ facilities was part of an inquiry into whether 2000 Olympic medalists Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou tried to avoid a doping test on the eve of the Athens Games by staging a motorcycle accident.

Kenteris, the 200-metre gold medalist at the Sydney Games, and Thanou, who took the silver in the 100 metres, could not be found at the Olympic Village for an August 12 drug test. Hours later, they were reported to have been in a motorcycle accident that kept them in hospital for days.

They have denied any wrongdoing.

“An investigation is ongoing from the responsible ministries and the judicial probe is ongoing, the findings from the judicial probe are going to the prosecutor. The next steps will be decided by the government and the government will announce them at the appropriate time,” government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos said.

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