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Five athletes arrested in anti-doping raids targeting ‘criminal organisation

Feb 27, 2019

Five skiers from Austria, Kazakhstan and Estonia were arrested in anti-doping raids at the Nordic skiing world championships in the Austrian resort of Seefeld, police reported on Wednesday. The raids are part of a broader operation targeting a Germany-based “criminal organisation” suspected of having carried out blood doping for years. A 40-year-old sports doctor is believed to be at the centre of the organisation, the police said, adding that he was also arrested on Wednesday in Germany.

In total nine people have been arrested in 16 raids in Seefeld and Germany with one of the athletes caught in the act of doping, officials said.

 

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Source www.theguardian.com