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Thursday, April 30, 2009

More Greek doping casesThree Greek weightlifters have tested positive for illegal stimulants, according to a spokesman for the Hellenic Weightlifting Federation.

Two of the lifters tested positive at this year’s national championships and have been named as Giorgos Papadopoulos and Christina Filandrianou. Both have been handed a two-year ban by the weightlifting federation.

The third lifter, who has not yet been named, tested positive at the European Union weightlifting championships in Poland in March.

According to the federation, the illegal stimulant was the same in all three cases but it has not been specified.

In March last year, 11 members of the national weightlifting team were banned from competition after testing positive for banned substances.

Meanwhile the Hellenic Olympic Committee has confirmed that a Greek athlete was among the six athletes who tested positive for the blood booster CERA at last year's Beijing Games,

The athlete has not yet been named officially.




Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tsoumeleka: steate broadcaster says she tested for EPOThe 2004 Olympic walking champion Athanasia Tsoumeleka has said she is quitting the sport after a sample she gave before the Beijing Games tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO).

The 27-year-old, who surprised everyone by winning the gold medal in the 20k walk at the Athens Olympics, reportedly tested positive for the banned blood booster following a test on August 6, just two days before the start of the Beijing Games.

The athlete suggested that her first test was negative and that the sample was re-tested several months later, when EPO was detected.

Tsoumeleka, who came ninth in Beijing, denied knowingly using EPO but said that she would fight to clear her name, as she cast doubt on the testing methods used by international sporting authorities.

"I will not get involved in the process of defending myself, even though I have never knowingly used this substance, because in order to take part in races I have to accept that I am totally responsible for anything that is found in my sample," she said in a statement published on several Greek news websites.

"The fact that the same samples are analysed more than once (in other words, they are opened and closed when I am not present)... makes me have some unpleasant feelings about the whole process.

"I am really not interested whether in six months time they tell me that the sample is actually negative, like it was the first time. I am very unhappy about the situation with doping uses worldwide. I do not want to take part in competition like this anymore."

The president of of the Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics (SEGAS) Vassilis Sevastis told the Athens News Agency that he did not have any comment to make and that "the athlete's statement says it all."

Tsoumeleka's failed test is the latest in a series of emabarrasing revelations concerning Greece's elite athletes.

Last March, 11 members of the national weighlifting team tested positive for the steroid methyltrienolone and were banned from competing in Beijing. When the Games got underway, the sprinters, Tassos Gousis and Fani Halkia -- another gold medallist from the 2004 Games -- also tested positive for methyltrienolone and were sent home in disgrace.

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