Kenteris and Thanou appeal adjourned [update]

The appeal of ex-sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou and their former coach Christos Tzekos against perjury charges, due to be heard today, has been adjourned for Thursday, according to reports, which also added that neither athlete was present at the hearing.

In May, almost seven years after they missed the Athens Olympics amid a cloud of controversy, former sprinters Kenteris, Thanou and Tzekos received suspended sentences for faking the motorcycle accident that prevented the athletes from getting to a doping test on the eve of the Games.

The Sydney 2000 Olympic medalists Kenteris, 37 and Thanou, 36, were each sentenced to 31 months in jail for staging the crash, which they claimed occurred as they were rushing to get to the Olympic Village for the drugs tests.

Tzekos was sentenced to 33 months in jail. Seven doctors from the KAT public hospital who treated the athletes and two witnesses to the alleged crash were handed sentences of between six and 15 months.

Tzekos was also found guilty on charges of distributing banned substances. All the sentences were suspended.