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Greek sprinter Thanou barred from Games


Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou has been barred from competing at the Beijing Olympics over her involvement in the doping scandal that overshadowed the Athens Games.

Thanou came back from her two-year ban to qualify for these Games but she still needed permission from the IOC to compete and that has been emphatically denied.

IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davis told reporters on Sunday the decision was meant “to send a firm signal of the IOC’s moral consideration that this case has brought the Olympic movement very much into disrepute”.