Greek athlete records "irregular" drug test

Aug. 08, 2008, 10:47 p.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) The International Olympic Committee confirmed Saturday that a Greek track and field athlete had returned an "irregular" result in a doping test.

IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau said the test was conducted by the Greek anti-doping agency in early August. She said the test was not conducted in Beijing, where Olympic competition began Saturday.

Earlier in Athens, the country's Olympic committee said more tests are being carried on a second sample. Greek state television NET said the athlete was 29-year-old sprinter Tassos Gousis.

It said a first sample had tested positive for methyltrienolone, a banned steroid.

The Greek Olympic committee described it as "irregular result" and said it and the anti-doping council were taking "all necessary action to clarify the incident and a further statement will follow after the second sample is analyzed." It gave no more details.

In June, the International Weightlifting Federation suspended 11 Greek weightlifters for two years after they tested positive for methyltrienolone.

Top Greek swimmer Ioannis Drymonakos tested positive for the same steroid in May. Last month, a Greek boxer was barred from the Olympic team after failing a drug test.