A final decision is expected Thursday

Updated: August 25, 2004, 4:12 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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