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Prosecutor Calls For Charges Against Greek Sprinters

An Athens prosecutor has called for Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou to stand trial on charges of avoiding doping tests on the eve of the 2004 Olympics and faking a motorcycle accident hours later.

Prosecutor Andreas Karaflos also recommended that Kenteris' and Thanou's coach, Christos Tzekos, be put on trial along with a pair of state hospital doctors and at least two other people suspected of misleading authorities investigating the case.

A three-member council of judges is expected to rule on Karaflos' recommendation early next year. The misdemeanor charges carry a maximum penalty of two years in prison.

Kenteris and Thanou missed drug tests on August 12, 2004. They spent four days in a hospital, contending they were injured in a motorcycle crash, before withdrawing from the games.

The runners were temporarily suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations in December 2004. The Greek track and field federation cleared them of charges in March, but the IAAF appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn the Greek ruling and impose two-year bans. The CAS heard testimony in October and is planning another hearing in the future.

Some information for this report provided by AP.