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Greek sprinter Thanou to return to competition next month, says lawyer

Greek sprinter Thanou to return to competition next month, says lawyer

Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou is set to the return to the track after a two-year ban.
She is planning to compete at next month's Greek indoor track championships in her first competitive race since the ban was lifted in December, her lawyer said Friday.
Nikos Kollias said Thanou is using the Feb. 3 Greek event to prepare for the European Indoor Championships, to be held March 2-4 in Birmingham, England.
Thanou, who turns 32 on Feb. 1, will run the 60 meters.
The Greek amateur athletics association did not confirm her participation in the Greek meet, saying the entry lists will be announced next week.
Thanou was handed a two-year suspension, along with fellow Greek sprinter Kostas Kenteris, after failing to report for drug tests on the eve of the 2004 Athens Olympics. They claimed they were in a motorcycle accident the same evening.
The IAAF reinstated the runners in December following the suspension.
Kollias said he was "very satisfied with the settlement with the IAAF," but the sprint duo still face possible prosecution by Greek authorities.
Thanou and Kenteris are due in court on Monday to face charges of perjury in connection with the alleged accident and for missing the doping tests. However, the case will likely be postponed due to a crowded court schedule, Kollias said.
"We strongly believe the accusations are unfounded, and that we will have good results," Kollias said.
The sprinters' former coach, Christos Tzekos, also stands charged with possessing illegal substances. Several alleged witnesses to the crash are accused of perjury, along with seven hospital doctors for allegedly falsifying injury reports.
Thanou won the silver medal in the 100 meters at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, while Kenteris won the gold in the men's 200 at the same games.


Updated : 2021-05-11 07:18 GMT+08:00