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Greek Sprinters' Hearing Is Postponed

From News Services and Staff Reports
Tuesday, August 17, 2004; Page D10

ATHENS, Aug. 16 -- The International Olympic Committee for the second time postponed a disciplinary hearing Monday for Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou after their representatives requested the delay for medical reasons.

The pair, who face expulsion from the Olympics for missing two drug tests in the last two weeks, have been hospitalized since early Friday, when they were in a motorcycle accident. Their hearing in front of the IOC's disciplinary committee has been rescheduled for Wednesday, an IOC spokesman said. A hospital spokesman issued a statement Monday saying they would be released Tuesday.


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Meanwhile, police are intensifying their investigation into the accident.

Kenteris, the reigning 200-meter Olympic champion, and Thanou, the 100 Olympic silver medalist in Sydney, were suspended by the Greek Olympic Committee on Saturday, pending the IOC's decision.

The pair, two of Greece's most acclaimed athletes, also face a possible two-year ban from the international track federation (IAAF) once the Olympics are over.

Meantime, U.S. sprinter Torri Edwards appeared in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport Monday evening, arguing that the two-year ban she received from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for using a banned stimulant should be overturned.

A decision is expected Tuesday, according to a CAS spokesman.

She qualified for the Olympic team in the 100 and 200 meters, but was forced to give up the spots last week.

Danish Sailor Charged

Danish sailor Niklas Holm was charged with manslaughter after he struck and killed a British pedestrian while speeding in his car on the way to see his country's handball team play.

Holm, 23, hit the man, identified as Errol Strachan, on a suburban Athens street Sunday night, police said. He was released after prosecutor Athena Stavropoulu charged him with manslaughter and speeding, both misdemeanors. A court date wasn't immediately set.

Police said they didn't suspect alcohol was a factor.

The 23-year-old sailor will be allowed to compete, but it was uncertain if he would.

"We must see," one official said. "We have called in for a crisis psychologist. He is supposed to start on Saturday but we don't know yet."

"I feel no guilt," Holm was quoted as saying on Danish TV2's Web site, adding he was driving 31 mph in one of the designated Olympic lanes when he struck Strachan, who worked for a catering company in Athens.

Gold Medalist Injures Wrist

Greek weightlifting star Pyrros Dimas sought hospital treatment after injuring his right wrist in practice Monday, five days before he goes for a record-setting fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal.

Dimas underwent X-rays at the Nikaia Hospital, near the site of the weightlifting competition, but Greek team officials were still awaiting the results of a magnetic resonance imaging test. The X-rays did not show any bone damage.

Dimas, known as the "Lion of Chimara" after the town in Albania where he was born to parents of Greek origin, had left knee surgery three months ago. "If I have to, I will lift on one leg," he told reporters at the time.

Monday, he joked, "Now, I will lift with one arm if I have to." . . .

A nagging Achilles' tendon injury might force Ethiopian star Haile Gebrselassie to miss the Games, his manager, Jos Hermens, told the Associated Press.

Other bad news for Ethiopia: 10,000-meter world champion Berhane Adere was dropped from the women's squad because of an Achilles' tendon injury. The Ethiopian Federation said Adere would be replaced by Ejigayehu Dibaba. . . .

French star Eunice Barber, holder of the 1999 world heptathlon title, won't compete in the event in Athens. Barber, who has a torn muscle in her right leg, has not decided whether she will compete in the long jump.


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