Prosecutor postpones decision on sprinters

A senior Greek prosecutor yesterday postponed announcing the results of a two-month investigation into disgraced Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou. The pair withdrew from the Athens Olympics after missing a doping test and being involved in a suspicious motorcycle accident on the eve of the August 13-29 Games. They could face misdemeanor charges for obstructing a doping test and making false statements after being hospitalized, judicial sources told The Associated Press. But chief prosecutor Dimitris Papangelopoulos delayed the announcement until Monday, angered by a leak to a private television station. Kenteris and Thanou missed the test when they disappeared for several hours after checking in to the Olympic Village. The scandal marred the homecoming of the Olympic Games. Their coach, Christos Tsekos, could also face misdemeanor charges, along with doctors at a state hospital who treated the sprinters, the sources said. Kenteris, 31, won gold in the 200 meters at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, while Thanou, 29, won silver in the 100 meters. Both runners, who spent four days in hospital, and Tsekos have denied the allegations made against them. (AP)