ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's top athletics official has been
suspended for 2 1/2 years for his involvement in an alleged
cover-up of a doping-related incident involving a Greek athlete.
Vassilis Sevastis, the president of the Greek amateur athletics
federation SEGAS, was given the suspension by the Greek Olympic
Committee late last week.
Sevastis was allegedly involved in covering up an incident
involving former Greek high jumper Lambros Papakostas, who was
arrested in Sweden last August for using cocaine. Papakostas was
banned for five years.
On Thursday, Sevastis called the decision "abominable."
"I express my indignation and disgust at what is happening in
Greek sports and especially within the (Greek Olympic Committee),"
Sevastis said, adding that he had no chance to offer a defense
because supporting documents were disregarded for being submitted
Sevastis can appeal the decision.
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