Greek swimmer wins compensation for Olympic ban
ATHENS (AFP) - The Greek Swimming Federation have been ordered to pay 277,000 euros (S$444,000) to 100m freestyle swimmer Tonia Machaira for wrongfully excluding her from the Athens 2004 Olympics on the grounds she had failed a drugs test.
Machaira filed a suit for one million euros eight years ago after she was banned from participating in her home Olympics by the federation.
An Athens court decided on Friday to award the swimmer just over one-fourth of the amount she requested, deciding on 150,000 euros plus interest reaching 277,000 euros.
"The bitterness remains the same," Machaira told NovaSport FM radio.