Austrian Ski Federation gives lifetime ban to two biathletes and two coaches

FasterSkierJuly 18, 2007

Editor's Note: This article incorrectly reported the four banned cross-country skiers as Christoph Sumann, Daniel Mesotitsch, Ludwig Gredler and Juergen Pinter. These four men are biathletes and have been cleared of any wrongdoing. The article has been amended to correctly identify the four banned cross-country skiers as Martin Tauber, Juergen Pinter, Johannes Eder, and Roland Diethart.

(ATR) The Austrian Ski Federation's disciplinary commission ruled that two biathletes, Wolfgang Perner and Wolfgang Rottmann, and coaches Emil Hoch and Walter Mayer were involved in blood doping at the 2006 Olympics in Turin. All four men have been banned from participating in any federation sanctioned events. The two biathletes were banned for life by the International Olympic Committee in April.

The four cross-country skiers, Martin Tauber, Juergen Pinter, Johannes Eder, and Roland Diethart have maintained their innocence since being banned for life by the IOC. The disciplinary commission found the four men innocent of any involvement with doping in Turin. They are currently appealing their Olympic bans.

Read more coverage at the International Herald Tribune

This spring, the Austrian Olympic Committee was fined $1 million for for its role in the Turin doping scandal, setting off a series of changes within the Austrian Ski Federation. Read the earlier FasterSkier article covering the fine.

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