Bottled water given to a visiting soccer team by an Athens squad was found to have been spiked with a powerful depressant. Tests were conducted when illnesses struck two other teams at earlier games.
Olympics organizers quickly ruled out the possibility of such an incident occurring at the Aug. 13-29 Games, saying all food and water for athletes would be subject to random inspections for poisons or substances that might enhance performance.
When Akratitos played Kalithea, another Athens team, on March 20, the Kalithea coach was hospitalized for three days after losing consciousness after the game. The game ended in a scoreless tie.
After an April 17 game between host Akratitos and Ionikos, at least one player from the visiting team was hospitalized and doctors were unsure what caused him to pass out. Akratitos won that match, 3-0.
Greece's Food Inspection Agency said yesterday it had found that a hypodermic needle was used to inject the drug haloperidol into the water bottle. It said it was turning results of its tests over to a prosecutor so that a criminal investigation could be opened.
A sealed bottle of water was given to the agency by the visiting Iraklis team after an April 21 game with host Akratitos, which won, 1-0.
-- Associated Press