Drugs found at Greek coach's office

ATHENS, AUG. 21. Greek authorities have discovered 1,400 packets containing anabolic drugs and other banned substances in the office and stores belonging to Greek coach Christos Tzekos in an overnight search, Greek radio reported on Saturday.

The search was carried out in the presence of a public prosecutor in the Athens district of Ilioupolis.

Tzekos is the coach of the Greek sprinter Konstantinos Kenteris and Ekaterini Thanou, who have both withdrawn from the Games.

Meanwhile the head of the Greek Olympic team Ioannis Papadogiannakis has offered his resignation in the wake of the affair over Kenteris and Thanou, who both missed a drugs control, and a series of other doping cases, Greek media reports confirmed.

However, the Greek National Olympic Committee president Lambis Niklaou has asked Papadogiannakis to stay on until the end of the Games.

Three Greek baseball players and a Greek weightlifter have tested positive for using banned substances.

Greek reports said it has been confirmed that weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis, who won bronze in the upto 62kg class, failed a doping test.

Both the `A' and `B' samples of the doping test were positive.

Sampanis is to appear before the disciplinary committee of the International Olympic Committee (ICO) later on Saturday, it was reported. — DPA