Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou, the Olympic medal sprinters tried for staging a road accident reported just before the opening of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, again failed to appear in court on Tuesday, ignoring a relevant court order.

Co-defendants in the trial include their one-time coach, Christos Tzekos, and seven KAT hospital doctors involved in the subsequent hospitalisation of Thanou and Kenteris for injuries allegedly sustained in the crash.

Thanou notified the court that she will appear when called to testify, while on Kenteris’ part it was made known that he will be abroad at least until March 22 for health reasons.

Two neurosurgeons testified on Tuesday in their colleagues’ defence and maintained that their decision to admit Thanou and Kenteris to hospital for precautionary reasons was correct.

The trial will continue on March 8.