A video that was exclusively leaked to VOL.AT shows Max Hauke (AUT) with a needle in his arm. Already in advance it became known that an athlete was caught red-handed by the police.
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One of the five arrested athletes was “caught red-handed” in his accommodation in Seefeld, Dieter Csefan of the Federal Criminal Police Office told on Wednesday.
“He was picked up with a blood transfusion in his arms,” said Csefan.
As a video now clearly shows, this is the Austrian cross-country skier Max Hauke.
On Wednesday 27. Feb. it was announced that the two Austrian cross-country skiers Dominik Baldauf (26) and Max Hauke (26) were arrested following a doping raid.
On Thursday 28. Feb. afternoon, the athletes were released from custody. This included also the top world skiier from Kazakhstan, Aleksej Poltoranin (KAZ).
This informed the Austrian prosecutor in Innsbruck in a statement. All three athletes had their own blood doping confessed, it was said. And they have all three been giving provided extensive information to the police.
All three athletes had their own blood doping confessed!
Against the athletes, including the ÖSV athletes Max Hauke and Dominik Baldauf and Aleksej Poltoranin (KAZ), there is the suspicion of sports fraud.
Thus, they are suspicious, “despite contrary obligations and statements to organizers, associations and sponsors a prohibited doping method used and thus unlawfully gained support or / or prize money or attempts to obtain,” said the Austrian prosecutor in Innsbruck.
Max Hauke and Dominik Baldauf was the two at Austria’s team in the men’s team sprint at the FIS Nordic World Skies Championship Seefeld at Sunday 24. Feb. 2019. The team sprint was won by the Norwegian Team. The two Austrian was 23.84 sec. behind the Norwegians at 6th place. The Austrian Team will now be disk qualified from their place in the team sprint.
Disciplinary proceedings against the skiiers.
The Austrian Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), as the competent body, will shortly initiate disciplinary proceedings against the blood dopers Max Hauke and Dominik Baldauf. That announced the NADA on Thursday on request. The duo threatens a ban of four years.
As provided for by the regulatory authorities, a lawsuit against Hauke and Baldauf is expected soon. In Austria it is crime to use doping.
“There is a suspicion of using the prohibited blood doping method, we will initiate a procedure at the appropriate time,” NADA representative David Müller told the APA – Austria Press Agency on the further procedure. Baldauf and Hauke are threatened with a ban of four years each. But it could also be that they receive a reduction through the involvement in the detection of the traffickers/handlers as a leniency.
For the other three athletes from Estonia, Karel Tammjärv (29) and Andreas Veerpalu (24), and from Kazakhstan, Aleksej Poltoranin (31), the International Ski Federation (FIS) is responsible. However, the latter could also assign the proceedings to the their national federations or NADOs. Poltoranin is living in Estonia, training with Veerpalu.
The Estonian Ski Association’ s comments.
The Estonian Ski Association was contacted by ERR (Estonian News) for comment. Initially, Secretary-General of the association Tõnu Seil had no comment on the matter, a stance reiterated by the ski association press release.
The investigation has been going on for months.
“For some time now, NADA has been aware of the regulatory investigations into the suspected doping network”, David Müller (NADA) explained.
“We have been informed for months about the police investigations. From the time the police suspected it, it involved us where it deemed it useful in the investigation. “
When conducting the raid in Seefeld, they had been present with an employee on site.
“The entire mission is as planned on the drawing board expired,” said Müller.
“The work together with the Austrian Federal Criminal Police Office (BK) has been based on a good basis of trust, which has been built up over the years after initial fears of contact.”
“Especially with regard to blood doping, NADA could support the authorities with their own expertise. That is also why an NADA representative was involved in the large-scale police action. Even on the day of the arrests, NADA test personnel, who were already working in Tyrol, carried out additional doping tests on all five affected athletes,” Müller explained.
Closer cooperation with authorities.
The expert believes that cooperation with authorities will become an even more important pillar of NADA work in the future.
“With controls we can only catch individuals who have no motivation to investigate the traffickers of the dop. The police have quite different means through surveillance and house searches. Exactly such actions are, in my view, the future of anti-doping work to create networks. “
In the current case is not yet to be assessed whether there could be other affected athletes.
“Of course, depending on the evidence and, of course, the statements of the suspects, that would be possible,” Müller said.
“We’ll wait and see what the police actually did and look at what the assignability of the confiscated blood bank looks like. Yet one does not know whether the secrets of blood seized in Germany have clear or codenames,” Müller said and also referred to possible DNA comparisons.
From a criminal point of view, the affected athletes, if they were “only” doping consumers, are likely to face imprisonment under the Penal Code Scope for Sport Fraud.
“If you were only a consumer of several times, then maximum sport fraud is relevant, with the whistleblower Johannes Dürr (AUT) this ended in diversion”, emphasized Müller.
“If the matter is different, the athletes should have been somehow financially involved in the blood transfusion equipment or any profits as a “fellow dealer”. In this case, involved athletes – such as the arrested Dr. med. Mark Schmidt on Wednesday sports physician from Erfurt in Germany – might well face imprisonment sentences.”
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