Greek Olympic Committee confirm positive test

ATHENS, May 2, 2009 (AFP) - The Greek Olympic Committee has confirmed that one of their athletes tested positive for drugs at the Beijing Games last year.

While they did not name the athlete involved a source close to the investigation had on Wednesday identified Greece's 2004 women's 20 kilometres walk gold medallist, Athanasia Tsoumeleka.

She was one of three athletes to test positive for a new form of banned blood booster EPO named MIRCERA following re-analysis of samples taken by the Internatinal Olympic Committee in Beijing.
Bahrain's Morocco-born Olympic 1500m champion Rashid Ramzi and Croatian 800m runner Vanja Perisic were the other two athletes to test positive for the same drug.

The 27-year-old Tsoumeleka finished ninth in the 20km walk in the 2008 Games.

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Greek Olympic Committee confirm positive test


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