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Pound expects ban on sprinters

Four days after world track-and-field officials charged Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou with missing mandatory drugs tests, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said yesterday he expected a ban on Greece’s two disgraced former sporting heroes. «My prediction is that they are going to find that there was a doping violation and that there will be sanctions against the athletes and, I hope, against the coach,» Dick Pound told reporters on the sidelines of an Athens conference of on physical education and sports. «I believe these people were avoiding tests and that’s the same as a positive test.» On Thursday, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said the sprinters failed to attend two drugs tests before the Olympics, as well as the famous test they never turned up for on the eve of the opening ceremony. Prosecutors have charged the two Sydney Olympics medalists with faking a motorcycle crash to dodge the test. Their coach at the time has also been charged.