Athens - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has served a lawsuit against the coach of former Greek Olympic champion Fani Halkia who tested positive for drugs during the Beijing Olympics.
IOC lawyer Petros Mahas said that the IOC had already presented its evidence to Greek prosecutors to bring charges against George Panagiotopoulos for breaking the country's anti-doping laws.
Mahas said."The IOC's target is not the athletes, but the coaches who supply them with drugs."
Halkia, 29, who was a surprise winner in the 400m hurdles at the 2004 Games, tested positive for the steroid methyltrienolone in Japan on August 10 before she travelled to Beijing.
Several doping setbacks
She became the 19th Greek athlete to test positive since
April, when sports authorities redoubled efforts ahead of the
Beijing Games. She now faces a two-year ban.
It was the biggest of several doping setbacks for the Greek
team, prompting top IOC officials to single Greece out for
Halkia, an officer in the Greek air force, has insisted her
sample was tampered with. If investigating magistrates find
Greek doping laws were violated, she and others could also face
Another of Panagiotopoulos's runners, sprinter Dimitris
Regas, was caught doping weeks before the Beijing Games.