Athletes’ performances fail to lift doping cloud

Weightlifter Nikos Kourtidis prepares to lift in the 105 kg category at the Beijing Olympics, where he came in 10th yesterday. Kourtidis was the only male Greek lifter taking part after 11 members of the national team were caught taking banned substances this year. Last week, hurdler Fani Halkia became the latest Greek athlete to fail a doping test.