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Thanou considering British switch

27 October 2006

Ekaterina Thanou Ekaterina Thanou
Banned Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou could move to Britain, according to her lawyer Dr Gregory Ioannidis.

The 31-year-old was suspended for two years after allegedly missing three drugs tests before the 2004 Olympics and her ban ends on 22 December.

Thanou's services were offered to Milton Keynes Athletic club but Ioannidis said "there were concerns she had been involved in a doping case".

Ioannidis, however, claims some London clubs have expressed an interest.

"There were concerns in Milton Keynes that she had been involved in a doping case," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"But there has now been interest from some clubs in London."

Ioannidis, who lectures at Buckingham Law School, added: "Katerina wants to be closer to me for legal assistance and she has not made any firm decisions yet."

Thanou, who won 100m silver at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and former training partner Kostas Kenteris were suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations after violating anti-doping rules.

The pair missed drugs tests ahead of the Athens Olympics, claiming they had been in a motorcycle accident.

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