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  • Around the Games: Day 6 Opens Quietly


    Surveying the domain: Athens 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos at the shot put competition in Ancient Olympia. (ANA) 
    (ATR) With the drawn-out affair involving the Greek sprinters now put to bed, attention is now returning to Olympic competition in Athens.

    There will be 15 gold medals up for grabs today, in sports including archery, badminton, fencing, gymnastics, judo shooting and tennis.

    China remains at the top of the medals table with 11 gold followed by the US on 10, Japan with eight and Australia on six.

    While the cases of Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou are out of the way with the withdrawal of the pair yesterday, doping issues are continuing to surface.

    Positive tests involving five weightlifters will be announced by the IOC today. Yesterday, a female weightlifter from Morocco was sent home by her team after testing positive before her competition.

    Meanwhile, Athens 2004 chief Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki has apologized several times on Greek television for a forest fire in northern Athens which is believed to have been started after a fireworks display at a reception at her home last weekend. The fire is subject to a criminal investigation brought by authorities in the northern Athens suburb of Filothei.

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