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  • Brief Notes: One More Week for Sochi Olympics Team, Another Year for Greeks Sprinters' Trial


    Sochi Announcement Next Week

    Around the Rings is told that the Presidential Council meeting being called to ratify the selection of a leadership team for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will now take place on October 2.

    Dmitri Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi transition team says that a meeting planned for this week was not possible because several members of the council, chaired by Vladimir Putin, were not available to attend.

    The naming of the team had at first been planned for last week, then moved to September 24.

    While names remain unknown, it’s a good bet that Putin might share his picks for the organizing committee when he meets later this week in Sochi with IOC President Jacques Rogge.

    Rogge will travel to Moscow on September 26 for a 24-hour visit that includes his first trip to the Olympic City, crowned at the IOC Session in July.

    Truth Test for Kenteris, Thanou,
    Sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou in 2001. (Getty)  
    Pushed to 2008

    A trial in Athens set to begin Monday for two sprinters accused of fabricating an excuse to miss drug tests on the eve of the 2004 Olympics is now postponed – until 2008.

    Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou are accused of falsifying details of a motorcycle accident that put them into the hospital for days. They said they were rushing back from a coach’s house to the Olympic Village for testing when their motorcycle crashed.

    Their trial on giving false reports to police has been delayed several times.

    Last year Kenteris and Thanou were acquitted of doping charges by a Greek court over the incident. They later reached an agreement with the IAAF that admitted to doping infractions for which they received two-year suspensions. Neither has failed any drug test.

    Thanou says she would like to compete in Beijing.

    Kenteris, the 200m gold medalist from Sydney had been the choice to light the caldron in the Athens opening ceremony, but lost the honor when he became embroiled in the controversy over the accident and the missed drug tests. Drug testing officials say Kenteris and Thanou repeatedly missed tests in the months before the Athens Olympics, which led to their suspensions by the IAAF.

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