IAAF to rule ‘in a few days’ on two sprinters

Disgraced sprint duo Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou have submitted written explanations over charges they dodged doping tests in the runup to the Athens 2004 Games, international athletics authorities said yesterday, adding that a ruling is due within days. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said its doping review board would rule on whether to accept the athletes’ arguments «in the next few days.» «If the explanations are unacceptable, in accordance with IAAF rules, the athletes will be provisionally suspended pending a hearing before a disciplinary tribunal in Athens,» the IAAF said in a statement. Christos Tzekos, who coached the two Sydney Olympic medalists before the Games, has been given until Tuesday to provide his explanations. The sprinters have been charged in Greece with faking a motorcycle crash on the eve of the Olympics to dodge a drugs test.