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Date
16 Aug 2004
Tags
IOC News , Press Release

Hearing of Greek athletes by IOC Disciplinary Commission postponed


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that the Disciplinary Commission investigating the nature and circumstances of alleged anti-doping rule violations committed by Mr Konstantinos Kenteris and Ms Ekatarina Thanou, has decided to postpone both hearings until Wednesday 18 August in the morning.


During the meeting that took place this morning at the Hilton Hotel in Athens, the legal representatives of the athletes stated that the athletes were not medically fit to attend today but personally, and on their behalf, committed that they will attend the hearing in person on Wednesday 18 August.


The Disciplinary Commission's decision was made to ensure a fair process and give due consideration to the athletes.


Background:
- after the hearing, the Disciplinary Commission will be responsible for presenting a report and recommendations to the IOC Executive Board, the body which has the authority to take a decision on such cases.
- the IOC, as part of the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable in relation to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, can either turn up unannounced or at short notice to perform tests on the athletes during the Period of the Olympic Games;
- the Period of the Olympic Games is defined as “the period commencing on the date of the opening of the Olympic village for the Olympic Games”, namely, 30 July 2004, up until and including the day of the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, namely, 29 August 2004
- the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable in relation to the Athens Games are available at www.olympic.org
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