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A final decision is expected Thursday

8/25/2004

ATHENS, Greece -- A Hungarian weightlifter was under
investigation Wednesday for failing to provide a urine sample after
his competition, a spokesman for the country's Olympic committee
said.

Zoltan Kovacs, who finished at the bottom Tuesday in the 105kg
weightlifting, testified before the IOC disciplinary committee,
according to Hungarian team spokesman Dezso Vad. A final decision
on his case was expected Thursday.

"He said he made a mistake," Vad said. "He was very sorry,
and that's all."

The weightlifter claimed he left the venue after his competition
and learned a urine sample was needed only when he arrived at the
athletes' village, Vad said. Kovacs said he went to the testing
center three times, but could find no one willing to help him, the
spokesman added.

The incident came one day after the Hungarian gold medalist in
the men's discus was stripped of his title for failure to provide a
drug test sample in an apparent attempt to beat the screening
system. Robert Fazekas was disqualified from the competition and
expelled from the games.

Nine weightlifters were previously cited in doping cases since
the games began.

These are the second Olympics for Kovacs, who turned 27 the day
of the competition. He has been a weightlifter since the age of 10.