ATHENS (AP) -- Two Greek athletes dropped from the Olympic team after testing positive for banned substances could now face criminal charges under a rarely used law, media reports said Thursday.
A public prosecutor has ordered a preliminary investigation into whether charges can be filed against cyclist Giorgos Himonetos and race walker Alexandra Tziouti.
They tested positive for possible performance-enhancing substances, which are not illegal but outlawed for use by athletes.
Under Greek law, athletes found guilty of using banned substances can be given a jail term of up to one year. Suppliers of the substances can get up to five years. The law, however, is rarely applied.
Himonetos tested positive for use of stanozolol, a metabolic steroid. Tziouti, holder of Greece's 10-kilometre women's walk record, tested positive for nandrolone metabolites.
Athletes found guilty of using illegal substances can be suspended from competition for up to two years.
Tziouti said she reportedly took the substance because she is suffering from osteoporosis. Himonetos cited therapeutic reasons.