1 Oct 2008

Greek sprinter denies doping charges

7:12 am on 1 October 2008

A Greek sprinter who failed a dope test days before the Beijing Olympics has told a prosecutor he didn't know he was being given performance-enhancing drugs.

Tassos Gousis, 29, said he and disgraced 2004 Olympic champion Fani Halkia had presented a case against unknown individuals for putting their life in danger by administering the drugs without their knowledge.

Gousis had been due to compete in the 200 metres at last month's Games but failed a test conducted by the Greek anti-doping agency.

Halkia, who won the 400-metres hurdles at the Athens Olympics, tested positive in Beijing for a banned steroid in the highest-profile setback for the Greek team.

Greece has launched an investigation of Greek anti-doping law violations after 19 of its athletes tested positive in the run-up to the Beijing Games.