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Athens Olympics

Greek pair in purjury trial

GREEK sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou will stand trial on Monday on perjury charges relating to their alleged motorcycle accident and missed doping test before the 2004 Olympics.

Athens counting cost of the Olympics

THE cost of the Athens Olympics, already tagged as the most expensive ever, could rise at least ten per cent to up to €11-12billion, a top Greek government official said yesterday.

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Greek pair cleared in Olympic drug case

GREEK coach Christos Tzekos took the blame last night for the drugs scandal which engulfed the Olympic Games as his star athletes Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou were cleared.

Kenteris and Thanou to discover fate

GREEK sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou will discover today what punishment they face for failing to take drug tests before the Athens Olympics. The Greek Athletics Federation (CEGAS) is to announce the verdicts at 4pm after a council meeting.

2004 Olympics

SEVERAL months on, and the fact that millions of voters saw fit to crown Kelly Holmes and Matthew Pinsent queen and king of sport at the BBC’s end of year shebang seven days ago, underlines the impact of this summer’s Olympics on the national psyche.

Greece cancels Eurofighter order in wake of Olympics

GREECE’S defence ministry yesterday announced it was scrapping a £3.4 billion agreement to buy 60 Eurofighter jets from EADS because of budget constraints in the wake of funding the Athens Olympics.

Greek athletes charged with avoiding test, faking crash

GREEK sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou have been charged with avoiding a drug test on the eve of the Athens Olympics and then faking a motorcycle accident.

Athens Olympics bill soars past £6 billion

THE final cost of the Athens Olympics has soared to more than £6 billion, the Greek government revealed today.

Swimmer sinks to personal low

THE swimmer Michael Phelps, who won six gold medals for the United States at the Athens Olympics, has been charged with drink-driving in Maryland.

Greek sprinters must wait another week

GREEK prosecutors have delayed announcing their findings into whether the country’s top sprinters faked a road accident in a doping scandal that rocked the Athens Olympics.

Thousands hail Britain's Olympic heroes

THOUSANDS of well-wishers turned out yesterday to honour the nation’s Olympic athletes as they tried to win more support to host the 2012 Games in Britain.

Olympic kit row threatens grand parade

GREAT Britain’s Olympic parade on Monday could be marred by a kit row after Team GB officials admitted they are at odds with Nike, which wants sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis to wear its tracksuit, writes Jo Atkinson.

Sole Irish gold in jeopardy after horse fails dope test

IRISH sport suffered another huge blow to its pride last night when it emerged that Waterford Crystal, the horse Cian O’Connor rode to win Ireland’s only gold medal at the Athens Olympics, failed a dope test during the Games.

Race is on for Olympic flats

MORE than 17,000 Greeks have entered a lottery to win one of the apartments used by athletes during the Olympics.

Marathon attack victim wants gold

WORLD sport’s highest court has received an appeal from Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima and his country’s Olympic committee, requesting that the athlete be awarded a gold medal.

Matthews misses medals for first time in 24 years

AFTER seven Paralympics and eight gold medals, Bob Matthews missed out on a podium finish for the first time in 24 years at the Athens Games last night - and then suggested he may carry on until Beijing in 2008.

Olympic gold cyclist facing the sack over blood doping

OLYMPIC cycling champion Tyler Hamilton was suspended yesterday by his Phonak team, which threatened to fire him if he cannot prove he is innocent of blood doping.

Olympic doping scandal

OLYMPIC time-trial champion Tyler Hamilton declared his innocence yesterday after his Phonak cycling team confirmed he was being investigated for possible blood doping and could be stripped of his gold medal.

MacLean reflects on what should have been

AS THE Scottish medal winners from Athens gathered in Edinburgh this week there was a sense that somebody was missing. There were four Olympic medallists; there should have been five. Chris Hoy knew it better than anyone.

City pays tribute to its Olympic heroes

THOUSANDS of well-wishers lined the streets to cheer on Scotland’s Olympic heroes as they paraded through the Capital yesterday.

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