ATHENS, Greece -- Sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou arrived Wednesday to plead their case with the International Olympic Committee nearly a week after the duo missed a drug test and were hospitalized after a mysterious motorcycle crash.
Arriving at the hotel amid a crush of reporters and TV cameras, Kenteris, wearing a suit without a tie, made no statement. He was joined by his training partner Thanou and their coach Christos
Neither sprinter showed any signs of injury from the crash that kept them in a hospital for two days.
The IOC disciplinary committee wants to know why the two
athletes missed drug tests in the Olympic village Thursday.
A few hours later, they were taken to a hospital with cuts and
bruises suffered when their motorcycle skidded on a road.
The IOC's disciplinary committee twice postponed hearings while the sprinters remained in the hospital, giving them a chance to
defend themselves in person.
Kenteris, the reigning 200-meter Olympic champion, is the
country's most celebrated athlete and Greece's best hope for gold
in track at the Athens Games. He was considered a leading candidate
to light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony. A Greek
windsurfing champion got the honor.
Thanou was the 100-meter silver medalist in Sydney four years ago.
The Greek Olympic Committee suspended the athletes on Saturday, pending a final decision by the IOC. Tsekos was also suspended.